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Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees: A Guide

Here are some other helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Existing Nests.  If there are any existing nests they should be plugged up as soon as possible.  Carpenter bees are highly territorial.  They will defend their own nest and keep other carpenter bees away from the area.  If your trap isn’t working properly, there is a good chance there could be some nests nearby that are discouraging any other carpenter bees from nesting in the area, resulting in the trap not attracting any bees.  The holes can be covered up easily with caulk, putty, wooden dowel, or even steel wool.  Once the hole is plugged up the search for a new nest begins.  Carpenter bees will naturally look for easiest place to nest…aka the Trap!
  2. Jump Start the Pheromone.  The traps effectiveness increases with the number of dead carpenter bees collected . This is because dead carpenter bees release a pheromone that is very attractive to other carpenter bees and actually lures them into the trap. To get the trap to attract attention right away, place a dead carpenter bee in the bottom bottle of the clear receptacle.  The pheromone released from the dead carpenter bee will get the process headed in the right direction.
  3. No Other Bait Needed.  Some other traps use attractants for their traps and say that it will catch many insects.  That may be true for other insects, but not for carpenter bees.  They are not attracted to anything the way they are to the smell of a dead carpenter bees.  Placing any other attractant into the trap could cause the smell of the pheromone to be less potent, and actually deter carpenter bees from going into the trap.
  4. Vertical Alignment.  The holes on the trap area specifically aligned to work the best when aligned in a straight vertical manner (this is because carpenter bees cannot fly directly up). Placing your trap at an angle or sideways will actually make it easier for the carpenter bees to find a way out.
  5. Be Patient. Carpenter bees can be particular creatures.  They are very partial to smells.  When you first get the trap it may not smell the most appealing to them.  Don’t worry though, the soft porous nature of the wooden base will acclimate to your existing area and begin to smell like the other woods around your property.  Sometimes this can take several days.  Give your trap up to 2 weeks in one spot before trying other tricks.
  6. Citrus Spray. To protect your wooden furniture or hard to reach spots we recommend using a citrus spray.  Carpenter bees HATE the citrus smell! They will fly over it.  Repeat the process every couple of days during the carpenter bee season.


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