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Attracting Bees to Your Carpenter Bee Trap

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Do you need carpenter bee trap bait? 

A carpenter bee will approach our carpenter bee 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 dead carpenter bees, 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!  

Q: How do I apply the Beelicious Bee Bait? How much do I use?

A: The Beelicious Bee Bait can be applied in two ways. You can add a small dab to the bottom plastic container of the trap, or squirt it into the trap through the bee entrance holes. The bait will run down a little, but the scent will dry in the trap.

Q: How long does the Beelicious Bee Bait last?

A: The Beelicious Bee Bait tube is best used within 2 years.

Q: Do you have to re-apply the carpenter bee bait? If so, how often do you re-apply it?

A: Once your traps starts catching carpenter bees, you do not need to reapply the bait. Each time you empty the trap you can add a small amount.

Q: If I empty my trap, do I have to re-apply more bee bait?

A: You do not need to apply more when you empty, the trap will work without the bait. But if you see the bees reacting well to the bait, then keep up the applications for best results.

Q: How does the application work? Do I need to use something to apply it with?

A: You don't need to use anything to apply the bait. You can just squeeze the bait right onto the trap.

Q: Is it safe on my skin?

A: The bee bait is made with natural ingredients, but it does smell terrible. We recommend wearing gloves or washing your hands directly after use.


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  • 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.

  • Ron Scott on

    Does it matter the trap hangs by the chain but swings some? Will it still attracted them?

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