Wood Bee Trap

About: I like to tinker and build things that seem fun to do.

I have wood bees eating me out of house and home. They're a menace and cause expensive damage. In this instructible, I will build a very simple trap. Come on in and let's get to work.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

You will need:
1: 1x6 cedar fence picket from the hardware store
2: 4 wood screws about 1.5 inches
3: Empty water jug
TOOLS:
Saw, wood screw driver, framing square, drill, and 5/16 inch drill bit.

Step 2: Cutting Wood

Cut 3 boards 12 inches long.
Put them together and label them 1...2...3...

Step 3: Board Number 1

Drill a 5/16" hole in very center.
From there, drill a hole lengthwise, about 3" apart from the center hole.

Step 4: Board Number 2

Cut out center of the board that aligns with the holes in board number 1.
This is the pathway for the bees.
Use two screws to attach board 1 and board 2.

Step 5: Board Number 3

Attach board number 3 to number 1 and 2, keeping them in sequential order.

Step 6: Attach Water Jug Cap to Board Number 1

Drill a 5/16" hole in the water jug and glue it to the center hole in board number 1

Step 7: Side View Diagram and Unit

The dotted lines indicate the pathway inside of the connected wood planks.
You are ready to hang the unit.

Step 8: Install and Bait the Trap

I mounted the trap using two wood screws in board number 3. I accessed board number three through the two bee entry holes. I baited the trap with some bee delicious flowers.
I hope you enjoyed this instructible.

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CaseyCase

20 days ago

Your "wood bees" are called Carpenter Bees. I suggest drilling 1/2" holes not 5/16" ones--Carpenter bees drill an exact 1/2" hole. Also, putting flowers in the bottle won't attract them. Carpenter bee traps are a hit and miss proposition with most people.

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CaseyCasepalombo5050

Reply 19 days ago

This "technical guy" is an exterminator. Sorry if I hurt your feelings.

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palombo5050CaseyCase

Reply 19 days ago

How many Instructables have you posted? I see that you have a great deal of advice through your comments on other members posted projects. I would like to see something that you made.

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CaseyCasepalombo5050

Reply 19 days ago

My time is valuable. Unless Instructables pays me to produce content, I am not interested.

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palombo5050palombo5050

Reply 20 days ago

I already knew the correct name, size hole, and "hit or miss".

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palombo5050CaseyCase

Reply 19 days ago

The bees are called carpenter or wood. The image specifies the scientific specifications.

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shesparky

20 days ago

Awesome job! Carpenter bees can be so frustrating! Very had to kill, even harder to eradicate. I have read up quite a bit on them. I believe the only way to discourage them is painting wood surfaces with oil-based paint or some kind of paint.

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seamster

20 days ago

Very interesting.. so once the bees go in they are unable to get back out? Any idea why?

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palombo5050seamster

Reply 20 days ago

They don't have anything to grap ahold of when flying up to try and escape.

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bakichmg

20 days ago

I have made a few variations of these traps. They work great!! I already caught 4 this spring. I typically get about 30 to 40 in a season. Thanks for sharing!!

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palombo5050bakichmg

Reply 20 days ago

I have a few also. You can see a smaller one in one of the last step images. However, you can't empty them. I wanted to build a very simple one that had the ability to be emptied. "Chicken protein" Thanks for the comment.