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What is the best wood to use for a carpenter bee trap?

What is the best wood to use for a carpenter bee trap?

For this homemade carpenter bee catcher you will need: 4×4 cedar or pine post anywhere from 5” to 8” in height. Untreated wood works best!

How do you make a wood boring bee trap?

  1. STEP 1: Cut your piece of lumber.
  2. STEP 2: Use a drill to create a base hole.
  3. STEP 3: Drill three side holes at 45-degree angles.
  4. STEP 4: Create the “roof” of the trap.
  5. STEP 5: Take a mason jar lid and make a hole at the center of it.
  6. STEP 6: Attach the jar to the base.
  7. STEP 7: Hang the trap.

What size hole do you drill for a carpenter bee trap?

The trap is a simple wooden box with 1/2″ holes drilled in all 4 sides at an upward angle. Since the bees prefer to use an existing hole, these traps provide the hole they are seeking. Once inside the box, the bees fly toward the light and end up in the plastic water bottle at the bottom.

When should you put out carpenter bee traps?

Carpenter bees are highly attracted to the pheromone released by dead carpenter bees! Keep the traps up all the way until the end of fall. Store them in a dry place over winter, and then place the traps back out right at the beginning of spring!

What attracts carpenter bees to traps?

Since carpenter bees love to eat sugar, it’s easy to trap them using the sweetener as bait. One thing you can do is to take a 1-liter plastic bottle and drill a small hole on its side. Plug Fatal Funnels into that hole, and seal the bottle with a bottle cap. Then pour some sugar water and vinegar into it.

What do you put in carpenter bee traps to attract them?

Squirt 5 or 6 drops of bee lure into bottom of trap jar/bottle. Attach trap jar/bottle back on bee trap. Apply several drops of bee lure inside and around each of the bee trap entry holes. The carpenter bees will find the lure and be lead into the trap to find more.

What attracts carpenter bees to a trap?

Older homes with exposed soft, rotting wood are also very attractive to her, because she can drill through it quickly. However, this won’t stop her from picking out painted or stained wood if it fits the bill. Existing nests or holes in exposed wood are also a key attractant to carpenter bees.

How do you get rid of wood boring bees?

Tips for Year-Round Natural Carpenter Bee Removal

  1. Use citrus spray to protect wood.
  2. Use almond oil to repel.
  3. Use borate to treat your wood!
  4. Vacuum carpenter bees away.
  5. Play loud music!
  6. Hit them with rackets!
  7. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in the nests to kill larvae and bees.

Do you have to bait carpenter bee traps?

A: Once your traps starts catching carpenter bees, you do not need to reapply the bait. Each time you empty the trap you can add a small amount. Q: If I empty my trap, do I have to re-apply more bee bait? A: You do not need to apply more when you empty, the trap will work without the bait.