29. Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.

Learn how to make Carpenter bee traps at home for getting rid of carpenter bees. First of all identify carpenter bees properly. Ensure whether it’s Bumble bee or carpenter bee by distinguishing accurately. Remember, Abdomen of Carpenter bees are smooth and shiny-black. And they are extreme annoyance for homeowners. Usually they prefer nesting in wood, tree, or similar things where they can make hole. They make hole with their sharp and strong nose. The hole is about ½ inch wide for their passage. Inside the hole they make wider tunnel 3-4 inches deep. And that’s an ideal place for their laying eggs.


At first make plan, collect material and do it yourself (DIY) at home. Step-by-step guide lines are given below with images to help you make it easily. Bees are very beneficial for the environment, pollination service and produce honey. But hornets and carpenter bees are destructive and we should kill them.

Homemade Carpenter bee traps for getting rid of carpenter bees
Step One
For this project you need an untreated soft wood of 0.75 inches thick, 4.50 inches wide and 5 feet long. Other materials are: one 20 ounce clear plastic bottle with cap and some nails or screws for trap assembly.

Step Two
Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.
Wood Cutter
Using a wood cutter or hand saw cut the following lengths: Four pieces of 8 inches length for sides, two 7 inches length for roof and one 6 inches length for bottom.

If you don’t have yet or want to replace the old one, you can buy a famous branded wood cutter here: Powered Handsaw with Storage Bag – Model PHS550B, 3.4 Amp, by Black & Decker.

Step Three
Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.
Assemble the 8 inches length sides
Now follow the image beside and assemble the 8 inches length sides using nails or screws to attach at long edges.

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Step Four
Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.
Lay the 7 inches length pieces for roof panels side
Lay the 7 inches length pieces for roof panels side by side on the top of box you made in step 3. You use 2 pieces to make it strong and double the thickness. Now Center the roof and attach with body using nails or screws.

Step Five
Make 3 holes as shown below using 0.50 inches Drill bit in 3 sides. These holes should be about 1.50 inches below from the roof. And at least 45 degrees angled upward to prevent sunlight.

Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.
Make 3 holes
Step Six
Make another hole on the top of the bottle cap using a 5/8″ drill bit. Take care to avoid damaging threads.

Step Seven
Make a hole as above in the 6 inches bottom. The hole should be 1 ⅛ inches to fit the bottle cap tightly. Before making hole check the diameter of bottle cap so that you can attach it into this hole without any glue. Remember, the hole should be as outer diameter of the bottle cap.

Step Eight
Gently attach the bottle cap into the hole you made in step 7. It should fit tightly without adhesive. But use some glue to make it stronger.

Step Nine
Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.
Carpenter Bee Trap
Attach bottom panel to main body of the trap using nails or screws. In the image below only bottom is shown but there is a bottle attached with the bottom you made in step 8.

Step Ten
Add a hook with chain or rope to tie with something for hanging the trap. Now your trap is ready to use. Hang securely in carpenter bee populated area. When trap is full with carpenter bees, remove the bottle, throw it and attach another.

Do all of the above process with utmost care and check it thoroughly before start using. Hang this trap in such a place where carpenter bees can see it from long distance. They will enter into the trap through the three holes and reach in the bottom of bottle. From this bottle they are unable to go out. Read and learn more about How to Prevent Carpenter Bees? Also learn about the Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees.

That’s all about How to make Homemade Carpenter Bee Traps For Getting Rid Of Carpenter Bees.

IF YOU DON’ LIKE TO DO IT YOURSELF AND AVOID HASSLE, YOU CAN BUY A COMPLETE CARPENTER BEE TRAP HERE: BEE GONE – CARPENTER BEE TRAP, MADE WITH CHRISMAN MILL FARMS WOOD. OTHER THAN THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL COMPANIES MAKING SIMILAR TRAP, BUT THAT IS THE BEST ONE AND KNOWN WIDELY.
Resources of information

National Honey Board
American Honey Producers Association
American Bee Journal
The Pollination Home Page
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Photo Credit – Google images – unrestricted
Experience of my own beekeeping project

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