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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. 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. One other solution to jump-start your carpenter be is our Bee Bait.

Simply apply a dime-sized amount of our Bee Bait to the inside of the receptacle and hang your trap!  



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  • Customer Support on

    @Joseph Wallace – As long as everything intact (i.e. New holes, roof not fully closed) a weathered Best Bee Trap is perfectly fine! In fact, it could work even better since it has been exposed to the environment making it a “natural” smell rather than fresh new pine.

  • Joseph Wallace on

    I used my trap last year and it was new, this year it is weathered, does that matter?

  • Customer Support on

    @XC – We would examine the trap and make sure everything is installed properly. Is the green roof tight? Is the receptacle door closed? It is odd that the bee left as Carpenter Bees are not good fliers unless it wasn’t a carpenter bee?

  • XC on

    i put two traps out about two weeks and found one carpenter bee within one trap once, the bee was disappeared next day. so i think the carpenter bee could escape from the trap. do you have any explanation?

  • Customer Support on

    @Ron Scott – The best method is to mount, if possible. If the trap is swinging a lot, we recommend hanging it in a location where it can only swing two directions, not 4. If it is hanging, it will still work just takes a bit longer.



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