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How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Do You Need?

Best Bee Trap Prevent Carpenter Bees

Make Sure You Protect Your Whole Property

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “How many traps do I need?”

To help find your answer, it is important to know each trap has a 15-foot working radius. That means 15 feet in any direction of the trap will be protected from carpenter bees.

If you know carpenter bees are interested in more than a 15-foot span of your home, we always suggest installing more than one trap. Having proper coverage is truly the best way to keep your home safe.

To determine the exact number of traps you’ll need, we recommend you measure the span of the area you want to protect, and mark off every 15 feet. This is the most accurate method to ensure you have full coverage. Keep in mind, best results occur when traps are placed at the corners and peaks of buildings.

We often hear people say, “I’ll try just one and see if I need more.” The problem with this is by the time you realize you need more, it’s probably too late for the traps to work as intended. Carpenter bees are very territorial and once they establish a nest, they are blind to other decoys, or in this case, the trap.

You will not be able to simply hang up a new trap near the new nests and walk away. You will need to go through the process of treating and covering up all the nests before the trap will have a chance to work. This takes time and some elbow grease to do correctly.  


Stocking up on the correct number of traps is easy when you know how, and will save you time and money down the road! Simply remember the 15-foot radius rule of thumb, and you will succeed in giving your home full protection!

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