Introduction: Carpenter Bee Trap | Tutorial

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Welcome to the carpenter bee trap tutorial!

The funny/sad thing about this one is that the mason jar I have here was originally holding locally sourced honey... and now I'm using it to trap bees. Okay, maybe not funny - just sad!

But this is necessary - my workshop has been overrun and I tried spraying vinegar and leaving out sliced cucumber and none of that worked originally.

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Let's get into it!


Mason Jar

4x4 Piece of Wood - about 10"


Wire for Hanging

Sugar (optional)

Step 1: Drill Main Hole

To begin, drill out a 1/2 inch hole down the center.

This will only need to be about 4 to 5 inches. Just a rough estimate - none of this has to be perfect.

Step 2: Drill Entrance Holes

About 1 inch from the bottom of the wood, drill more 1/2 inch holes BUT this time drill them at an angle that meets towards the end of the main hole.

This is actually much easier than it sounds - I landed all of my holes without error on the first try.

Do this step on all 4 sides of the 4x4 so there are multiple entrances for the bees.

Step 3: Prepare Mason Jar

Next, you'll want to get your mason jar.

This next step is optional but I decided to add some sugar to my trap (I'm not even sure if carpenters are really into this kind of thing but they're bees right?). Now I say this is optional because the design of the trap alone is known to attract carpenter bees, and adding the liquid adds a death sentence to the bees.

If you decide to not use any sugar/liquid, you can trap the bees and release them somewhere else.

Step 4: Fasten Mason Jar

Place the lid at the bottom of the trap and drill out a 1/2 hole on top of where your hole was already made in the wood.

Then screw on the lid (I used 4 screws here).

And now you can turn this trap upside down and screw on the mason jar.

If you decide to hang this trap, simply drill a small hole through the top portion of this 4x4 and get a coat hanger or some wire to fasten it around a tree branch. I personally just set mine in a window flower pot.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Safety

And that's all there is to it. Enjoy your peaceful backyard once again and take control!

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