Carpenter bees may not be as popular as termites, but they can be equally devastating to any wood. They have caused extensive damages to homes and wooden structures throughout the eastern parts of the United States.
They are especially fond of weathered, unpainted wood like cypress, pine, cedar, or redwood.
Some of their favorite spots are decks, wooden shake roofs, outdoor furniture, and rafters.
They excavate holes in the wood, so they can create nests and rear their young. Carpenter bees are mainly active during springtime when they can be found hovering around their nests or creating a new nest.
The only way to distinguish them from bumblebees is by their abdomen which is hairless and shiny. Whereas the bumblebees abdomen is black featuring yellow stripes.
Also, bumblebees don’t dig tunnels into the wood so that they can lay their eggs.
How to get rid of carpenter bees with Bee Traps?
CBS Our Best Carpenter Bee Trap, Patent No. RE46.421
The United States made trap comes from a company called Carpenter Bee Solutions.
It weighs five pounds and is made from durable wood and a classic glass jar. There are no chemical or toxic materials used in the making of this bee trap. It is made for outside use and all weather conditions.
However, when attached to something you need to make sure that the jar cannot reach a wall or anything that could come in contact with it because it can be broken. That’s in case of a strong wind or if pushed. Other than that, it needs to be placed on a location where you’ve spotted the carpenter bees.
Usually, that means on the corners of the house that are on its sunny side. The wood looks sturdy, and the jar glass is sufficiently strong as well.
Donaldson Farms Carpenter Bee Trap Lure
This is a 100% natural lure application designed to be used with all types of carpenter bee traps. So, you apply five or six drops of the lure into the jar.
Once that is done the bee trap needs to be placed as near as possible to the nests. Sometimes, it requires two or three days until it does its magic and lures the first ones. After the first one comes, the others will follow. The fact that it comes with a money back guarantee speaks a lot about its efficiency.
Many people have complained about their bee traps. But it seems that this is the missing link, the product that can make all the difference in the world.
The only downside is that it can’t work on its own. If you buy it, you should also buy a bee trap, or you better have one. There is no way around it.
RESCUE! Non-Toxic Trapstik for Wasps, Mud Daubers, Carpenter Bees with bird guard
The newly designed RESCUE trap offers no escape for all sorts of insects, carpenter bees included. The bird guard feature is the only thing that distinguishes it from the older model.
Its effectiveness was never an issue with the older model. Only the birds and that is now resolved. This trapstick doesn’t have any pesticides or anything like that, so it’s perfectly safe for both humans and the environment. It can be hanged on any tree or any man-made structure.
Same as with the other carpenter bee traps, it needs to be as close as possible to the nest or it won’t be effective. Placing it far from the nest is the most common mistake most people make. All in all, it is easy to use, and very effective bee trap.
How to make Carpenter Bee Trap at home?
In case you are more of a DIY type of guy, here is how to make one at home.
- First of all, find some plywood or any wooden board that has not been pressured or painted.
- Make a small box from them.
- Drill the bottom of the box so that the top of a small jar can be fitted.
- The top of the jar needs to go into the wooden box, while the rest of it needs to be hanging on the outside.
The thing with carpenter bees is that they are attracted by softwood where they can make their nests. And the one you will be making is exactly what they are looking.
Once they drill their holes and step into the box, they are drawn by the light coming from the jar. Once they get in the jar, they are stuck for good.
Add some bees lure to the trap and its doomsday for any carpenter’s bee around your house.
Whether you make one on your own, or you buy one, carpenter bee traps can make all the difference in the world for your house. Many people across the country have decided to ignore the problem and regret it.
Letting the little buggers continuously dig holes wherever they can be costly. Not only they can significantly lower the valuation of your home, but they can bite someone. The female carpenter bees can even sting someone.
To put things into a better perspective, a single female carpenter bee can create 6 to 8, half-inch holes. For many years, the holes can increase to up to ten feet in length.
Now imagine what a dozen or so can potentially do to your home for a couple of years. The cost of renovation doesn’t even compare with the cost of a carpenter trap as it can easily be in the range of thousands of dollars.