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!