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Attracting Bees to Your Carpenter Bee Trap

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To bait the trap or not bait the trap, that is the question! Or at least it seems that we keep getting questions about supposed bee bait solutions for carpenter bee traps. Here is the honest truth about baiting our traps - You do NOT need to bait them. Our carpenter bee traps work all on their own. There is no magic sugar solution, or compound chemical needed to get these traps going. All you need is that first dead carpenter bee.

A carpenter bee will approach the trap when they are looking for a new nest. This typically occurs in the spring. The unfinished softwood exterior and specifically sized entrance holes are appealing to a searching carpenter bee. Once the carpenter bee enters the trap, the angled entrance holes minimize the light in the central chamber. The opaque bottom of the trap then becomes the largest light source and the carpenter bee flies down. Now the carpenter bee is truly stuck! Carpenter bees cannot fly directly up nor can they walk up the plastic components in the trap.

The carpenter bee will drop down into the bottom receptacle where it perishes. Once dead, it releases a pheromone that will attract more carpenter bees to the nest. The more carpenter bees dead, the stronger the attractive smell of the trap and the better the trap works.

So, if you want to bait the trap all you need to do is place a dead carpenter bee in the bottom receptacle of the trap. This is truly the best way to jump start your trap and keep those carpenter bees flying in.

If you need a helping hand in whacking a carpenter bee, you can always get our zapper racket!



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  • Bonnets on

    Used these traps last year, after battling bees attacking our log home for years. Best solution ever, couldn’t believe how many bees were trapped!

  • Barbara A Piccola on

    I have one of your carpenter bee traps. The only problem is when it rains, it fills with water. Should I calk the top down or put screws in the roof to keep it down?

  • Kevin Miller on

    I’m sure you don’t mean “opaque bottom”. That would mean that light wouldn’t pass through at all. I suggest transparent or translucent. Good product.

  • Kevin Miller on

    I bought two and installed one on my home and one on a detached garage. The one on my home was examined by the bees with some curiosity for a day or so, but with no takers. I decided to bait it with a little honey and I got a bee within 15 minutes and 5 in the first 36 hours. The other got two without bait within a couple days and none since. Not much data but that’s been my experience. Thanks.


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