Step 2: Building the box

You can use any wood you like for the box as long as it's unfinished and not pressure treated.  Carpenter bees don't like finished or pressure treated wood.  I happened to have some old barn wood that wasn't good for anything else and it made for some nice rustic boxes.  You need 5 pieces of wood to build the box.  The large sides are 7 1/4" wide at the top, 4 1/2" wide at the bottom and around 8" tall.  Mark 7 1/4" on one side of your board, set your miter to 10° and make the two cuts angled towards each other.  This will give you 4 1/2" at the bottom or pretty close.  These dimensions aren't set in stone so you can adjust to fit your fancy.  Repeat and you have your first 2 pieces.

The third and fourth pieces serve as the other sides.  They are made from 3" wide wood and it's easiest to just rip some 3" wide boards before you start.  I don't have the exact measurements for the length because it will depend on how tall you are making your box.  Instead, take one of the trapezoid pieces and use it to mark the length of the side pieces.  Your marks will be at angles oriented in the same direction.  These are also 10° cuts on your miter saw and make the top and bottom of the trap flat.  Assemble your box with some wood glue and nails.  Don't get your nails too close to the top if you plan to slope the roof (read on).

Picture 2 - To slope the roof a bit I tipped my miter saw 10°-15° and cut the top as far as possible.  I finished the cut with a hand saw.  When assembling your box make sure to keep the nails an 1" or so from the top so you don't saw them.

Picture 3 - Drill a 1/2" hole angled upward in each side near the top.  The bees prefer to climb up into a hole and it also makes it harder to find the hole when they want to leave.
Before engaging in something so destructive to nature and the environment consider the benefits of bees. Why is it that man has to kill what they don't understand or care to understand. Try building nesting sites for these creatures before of killing them.
<p>Carpenter bees aren't a huge source of pollination. Their numbers are too low for a given area to make much of a difference. If you want to encourage pollination, then start a hive of honey bees. Much larger concentration of bees and far less destructive than carpenter bees which equals much better pollination. Just ask the almond growers, they couldn't survive without plenty of beekeepers supplying them with bees for pollination.</p>
How sweet and cozzy! You don't have to watch them eating my log home! 1/2 inch holes are pretty big! They are smart too. They drill them up high so you can't get to them easily! As for the pollination bull, there are plenty of other creatures to do that, even the wind helps! So if a bug is doing some bad thing you would rather save it cause its &quot;cute&quot;? Get real!
Thank you for your well thought out and intelligent reply. Obviously you have considered their benefits and feel that this species has no legitimate reason to keep around. Apparently you and your home in the country are a more important species to have on earth. Good luck with that.
<p>ljgtg. Ha, if you think a few of these will eliminate a species. That's funny. </p><p>And yes, me and my home are more important. That's very kind of you to say.</p>
<p>Those suckers are aggresive anyway. A pain to cut the grass around the shed and deck they have nested in, as anytime I get near either and the carpenter bees come at me. Whether or not they sting doesn't matter to me. I don't want to have bees attacking me when cutting my grass.</p>
Wish you were a big black &amp; yellow bee!
ljhtg- carpenter bees are nowhere close to extinction, and trapping the ones that are near a house will not make them extinct. From your comment, it seems likely that you live in a city apartment that was built by someone else and is maintained by someone else. Your apartment required cutting trees and driving out woodland creatures just like everyone else's home did, and it requires continuing anti-pest measures to keep it standing and healthy.
I never suggested the bees were nearing extinction and you would be 100% wrong about where I live. Please don't put words in my mouth or make false accusations. <br>
&quot;pollination bull&quot; eh?98% of what you eat requires those 'cute bugs'.Only corn and wheat are wind pollinated.So go ahead kill the bugs and enjoy living on bread and water in the future.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA Might have known ........Mama always said it is a waste of breath to argue with a fool.
Your mother was a smart woman!
AMEN! Providing nesting sites using various lengths of cane will entice the bees away from all manner of wooden posts,beams,boards.Lazy people kill.Smart people work with nature not against it.
<p>Not necessarily. I got a perfectly good dead tree in my yard the carpenter bees could nest in. Instead they &quot;drill&quot; holes in my deck and shed, causing structural damage to both. Sometimes you gotta take care of it by elimination.</p>
<p>Had you or ljhtg gave this alternate suggestion at the start (preferably without the condescension), it would have been much more productive than the bickering that went on.</p>
<p>That suggestion was my original comment, the bickering came after. Nor was it condescending but to each their own interpretation.</p>
<p>I know this is an old subject. But it all depends on your location. If you are more out towards the country or you have land, then fine build a nesting area and be a savior of natures society....But, if you're like me and you live inside the city with a small yard, there is no place to create nesting grounds for these bees. These bees are highly destructive to the structures that humans live in. And, they are highly aggressive especially during mating time. </p><p> As much as I would love to let them tear down my home and attack my family and neighbors(yeah right). They are a species of bee that needs to be dealt with, this trap is a ingenious idea, and I will bee making several of them ;).</p>
<p>I can appreciate where you are coming from, indeed there are some species that cause a great deal of damage to structures. It may not work or be ideal for everyone, I only make the suggestion as an option that might. Good luck dealing with your situation.</p>
This is very distressing to me. <br> <br>I have lived in various areas of the U.S., at least, and have never encountered these insects. <br> <br>What areas of the world have they inhabited? <br> <br>My best wishes to all of you that are experiencing this terrible attack.
South West Pa, they're eating my deck and fascia. Just a hint to newbies to fightin these critters, I constantly crack em with a 3 foot spade shovel, they shoot off like a baseball, fall to the ground and come back for more. Buzz in my face everytime I come in and out of my front door.
<p>Badminton racket. ;-) is lighter and fast.</p>
Tennessee for one! West Tennessee. They're a big pain in the butt! They'll eat your deck up!
I'm had a major bee attack this year for the second time in 30yrs. The hive was several pounds, and was between the upstairs floor joists.. No damage to wood, but I had to have the hive removed.
We're in far northern Calif. and have some redwood lintels on the house that they love. In spring there are hundreds, now in summer not so much, a few. We didn't do anything to the big black bees except swat them out of the air with a badmitten racket. After 2 decades of being a bee nursery we still haven't needed to replace the wood but are keeping an eye on it. I will try this trap next spring, thanks.
I am in Dayton, Ohio. And there are plenty out now.
I'm in Georgia. Had never seen them in Oklahoma. Of course we didn't have trees;)
Greensboro, NC. Plenty of carpenter bees chowed down on my deck. Usually I'd find a little pile of sawdust and find a hole on the bottom side of a railing. They are big and scary looking but really not that big a deal. It would take a while for some serious damage.
i've got a friend who has some eating a fence right now in central indiana.
I live in Western NC. They are eating up my deck. I live in the country and have babied the Miner bees(they nest under my rose bush. I have native and domestic honey bees. I plant to feed them, I water them. But these Carpenter bees have got to go! I have dead wood on my property's I why my deck? I have tried citrus oil, now I am building traps!
<p>This might help some of you out.</p><blockquote>If possible, susceptible exterior parts of a building should be constructed out of hardwoods not normally attacked by the bees for nests. On all buildings, fill depressions and cracks in wood surfaces so they are less attractive. Paint or varnish exposed surfaces regularly to reduce weathering. Fill unoccupied holes with steel wool and caulk to prevent their reuse. Wait until after bees have emerged before filling the tunnels [or they might make another exit hole]. Once filled, paint or varnish the repaired surfaces. Protect rough areas, such as ends of timbers, with wire screening or metal flashing</blockquote><p>www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7417.html#MANAGEMENT&quot;&gt;www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7417.html#MANAGEMENT</p>
<p>That is how you give advice to someone without insulting them. Good job.</p>
<p>I made one today! We will see how well it works in Alabama!!</p>
<p>I made some and instead of using the half bottle/big hole like you did, I just drilled an 1 1/8th hole deep enough to sink a bottle cap into. Then I drill a 1/2 hole in the bottle cap. The fit for the bottle cap is good and tight but I put a little Gorilla glue on it. Then I could screw the bottle directly to it. When it gets full just unscrew it, throw it away and screw a new bottle in place.</p>
<p>Made this a couple of years ago. Traps were ineffective until a neighbor told me to place a dead carpenter bee in the bottle. It seems the scent attracts other carpenter bees. Caught many after this tip. This trap literally saves thousands of dollars in damage.</p>
<p>Thats awesome I'll need to make one of these guys</p>
I love the second to last picture, mass production!!!
<p>Can't wait to make some of these. The carpenter bees have really torn up parts of my log home and my barn. To those upset with those of us that kill these bees you should consider the economic damage vs. their benefit. Carpenter bees have little benefit to the ecology of an average yard, yet drastic economic expense in terms of home repairs or resale value.</p>
<p>I made this. Can't wait to try it!</p>
carpenter bees bad, mason bees good. I'd imagine this kills both?
I don't have mason bees to my knowledge, but I believe they are smaller than the big carpenter bees. The hole may be too big to be attractive to the mason bees but I don't have any experience with their preferences. The only thing I've caught in these traps is the larger carpenter bees.

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