Build Your Own Carpenter Bee Trap

Carpenter bees drill holes in homes, decks or any exposed wood they might find. Follow these 10 easy steps to make your own trap for these destructive visitors.

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Photo By: Photo credit: Mick Telkamp

Keep the Bees in Check

This homemade carpenter bee trap draws bees away from your house and into its depths, saving your deck, screened porch and other wood surfaces from damage.

Step 1

Find an untreated plank 3/4 inch thick cedar or soft pine 4 1/2 inches wide and at least 5 feet long (scrap wood is just fine for this project). Other materials required include a 20 ounce clear plastic soda bottle (with cap) and nails or screws for trap assembly.

Step 2

Using a miter or hand saw to cut the following lengths: Four 8 inch lengths (sides); Two 7 inch lengths (roof); One 6 inch length (bottom).

Step 3

Assemble the sides using nails or screws to attach at long edges.

Step 4

Lay the 2 roof panels side by side on top. Center and attach with nails or screws.

Step 5

Drill 1/2 inch holes into 3 sides of the trap roughly 1 and 1/2 inch from the roof. Holes should be angled upward at least 45 degrees to prevent sunlight from shining in.

Step 6

Drill out the top of the bottle cap using a 1/2" or 9/16 inch drill bit, taking care to avoid damaging threads.

Step 7

In the bottom panel of the trap (not yet attached), drill a hole the diameter of the bottle cap (usually 1 and 1/8 inch).

Step 8

Gently tap the bottle cap into the hole in the bottom panel of the trap. It should fit securely without adhesive, but glue may be used if a snug fit is not achieved.

Step 9

Attach bottom panel to trap using nails or screws.

Step 10

Add a hook or sting to the top for hanging purposes and thread bottle on to trap bottom. Hang securely along fascia, in an area where carpenter bees have been seen previously. When trap is full, bottle may be discarded and replaced.

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