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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Carpenter Bee Traps

As promised, here is a photo of the carpenter bee traps I use.  They work if your mount them in a place where they do not move (swing in the wind on a hook etc).  It's the only thing I can come up with to cut the bee infestation down.  They 

There is a hole on 3 sides of the wooden box, and the clear container on the side screws to the 4th side.  The bees go into the holes, crawl through tunnels, and then end up into the container.  They can't get out once they get in.  No chemicals involved.

When the container fills up, you simply unscrew the container, and empty out the dead bees.  As you can see, the traps work.  Placing them in areas up at the underside of the barn roof, where the wind doesn't blow it too much, the bees eventually find it.  I had two traps up, and put up 3 more. 

Hubby has since found a man who makes them locally.  If I need more I can buy them from him now.


Susan said...

What a clever design - and no chemicals! Does your local guy ship them?

Kristina said...

Susan, the ones in the photo were ordered from Home Depot online. I will ask Hubby for the info on the guy in our area.

Rain said...

That's great Kristina, I'm glad you found a trap that works. I've seen so many people with issues and problems, I'm very relieved we don't have that problem here, but I wonder if that would work for wasps too?

Kristina said...

RB, for wasps I think you need a chemical to draw them in. Carpenter bees are "wood" bees and they drill holes into wood to make homes. They destroy barns pretty much, which we have (wood barns). I am just glad the traps are working.