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Carpenter Bee Questions

These are the top questions we get asked about carpenter bees and traps

How Do I Assemble the Carpenter Bee Traps?

All our traps come fully assembled. However, when setting them up you will need to pull the plastic receptacle out of the base of the trap, which is tucked for easy shipping. The Best Bee Trap requires you to first pull down the plastic collection container before hanging on or mounting to your wooden structure. The Pine Wood Carpenter Bee Box Trap is also fully assembled and comes with a metal chain for hanging.

Where Do I Put the Trap?

If you have already been visited by carpenter bees, watch to see what areas they are drawn to and place the traps there. To help attract carpenter bees to the trap, remember to fill in or plug old nests before putting up the trap. Our Wooden Cork plugs work well for this!

If you have not seen any carpenter bees yet, then place the traps in visible but sheltered locations. Eaves and corners work well. We have an excellent article about trap placement here.

How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Do I Need?

Each trap has a 15-foot working radius. This means you will get 15 feet of protection surrounding the trap on all sides. If the area you are looking to protect is larger than that, you’ll want to place additional traps accordingly.

How Do the Traps Work?

We have a great article about how our traps work here.  

Do I Need to Bait Carpenter Bees?

Our traps are designed to work passively by utilizing the carpenter bee’s natural pheromone. The first dead carpenter bee to get caught in the trap emits this powerful attractant, so we don’t recommend adding baits. You can jump-start the collection process by placing a dead carpenter bee, if you have one, in the trap. Adding any other substance to the trap could result in the trap not working.

Do I Need Pesticides to Kill Carpenter Bees?

We don’t recommend using pesticides to combat carpenter bees. Our traps are designed to work naturally and without chemicals. However, every situation is different, and some carpenter bee infestations may warrant the use of pesticides. If you require pesticides to destroy existing carpenter bee nests, we recommend using a powder rather than a liquid. Terminating the nests is is an essential step to control carpenter bee damage; we have laid out our favorite treatment plan here.

Can I Stain or Paint My Trap?

We do not recommend painting or staining your trap. The exposed soft wood is a design feature to lure carpenter bees. Stains and paints both have strong chemical smells that will deter rather than attract carpenter bees.

How Long Does It Take a Bee Trap to Work?

It depends! Every environment is different. Sometimes it takes only hours, and sometimes it can take two weeks.

How Do I Make My Traps Work Faster?

Our traps can take as little as a few hours or as long as a couple of weeks to start getting results. You can jump-start the process by placing a dead carpenter bee in the bottom of the trap. The bee will emit a pheromone that other carpenter bees are attracted to. Environmental factors can affect your trap as well. Make sure any existing carpenter bee nests are closed up. Carpenter bees are territorial, and if they have established a nest, they will be blind to the trap. Follow our steps to repair damage from carpenter bee nests here.

When Do I Put Up Carpenter Bee Traps?

The best time to put up your trap is at the end of winter or the beginning of spring. It is during this time that the carpenter bee young are emerging and starting to mate. You want your trap to have fully absorbed the smells of your environment by the time the females start looking for a place to nest. Otherwise, anytime in the spring and early summer will work too. The later in the season that you put up the trap, the more likely it is you’ll have to repair damage from carpenter bee nests.

What Should I Do with the Traps in Winter?

Empty out the carpenter bees, place the trap in a plastic bag and store it for next spring. Doing this will preserve the carpenter bee scent in the trap. Don’t wash out the trap. Be sure to store the trap indoors, away from the harsh conditions of winter. The trap is small and not indestructible. Natural elements will wear down the trap’s longevity.  

My Bee Trap Isn’t Working. What Should I Do?

Troubleshoot your trap with these steps to ensure your trap is set up for success.

  1. Is the trap aligned vertically? Do not hang or mount the trap at an angle.

  2. Are there carpenter bee nests near the trap? Active carpenter bee nests will deter carpenter bees from entering the trap. Any existing nest needs to be plugged up before the trap can work.

  3. Is the trap visible? If you can’t see the trap, neither can the carpenter bees.

  4. Has the trap collected any carpenter bees yet? If not, try placing a dead carpenter bee in the bottom of the trap to jump-start the pheromone attractant. This will lure other carpenter bees to the trap.

  5. Did you use any artificial bait or attractant? If so, remove it immediately. Our traps are designed to only work naturally with the dead carpenter bee pheromone. We do not endorse the use of other substances with our traps. Other substances may cause the traps to not work. For this reason, using artificial bait or attractant would void the our money-back-guarantee policy.

  6. Be patient. If it’s only been a few days, give it some time. It can take a while for the trap to acclimate to and absorb the scents of your surrounding environment.

If you followed these steps and the traps still aren’t working, send us an email at customersupport@bestbeebrothers.com. We are happy to assess every situation and see if we can help with our expertise.

How Long Does the Trap Last?

The trap should last for several seasons. It is impossible to say exactly how long because it depends on the weather and elements the trap is exposed to. Storing a trap in a shed or garage over the winter months will help preserve it.

Why Do I Need to Cover Up the Carpenter Bees’ Nest Holes?

Carpenter bees are territorial by nature. When they have started to build a nest, they are blind to anything else in their path. They are focused on building and protecting their new home. If the active nests are left open, the carpenters won’t care about the trap and will continue to build out their nest.  

How Can I Tell If It Is a Carpenter Bee?

We have an identification article here with pictures!

What Should I Do If There Is a Wasp in the Trap?

This can happen from time to time, and the wasp, a better flier than the carpenter bee, will eventually leave the trap—then there is nothing to worry about. Carpenter bees, on the other hand, are poorer fliers and will not be able to escape the trap. Also, they are are so drawn to the light in the receptacle that they won’t be able to find their way out.

How Often Will I Need to Empty the Trap?

Most people will only have to empty their traps at the end of the season. It is best to keep as many dead carpenter bees in the trap as possible during the season to increase the attractant power of the pheromone smell. But if your trap is full and no more carpenter bees can come down the funnel, then it is time to empty the trap. Make sure all the carpenter bees are dead before emptying the trap, and leave one or two in the receptacle for the next round.

How Do the Carpenter Bees Die?

Once carpenter bees enter the trap, they will not be able to fly out, and they die without access to food. It’s never pleasant to talk about or see death, but this is the truth of it. If you don’t like seeing the dead bees, we recommend our Pine Wood Carpenter Bee Box Trap. This trap collects the carpenter bees inside the body of the trap, out of sight.

Why Are the Traps Made of Soft Pinewood?

Carpenter bees prefer to build their nests in soft, untreated wood. This type of wood is easier for the females to carve. Each trap's wooden base reflects this same preference. The Best Carpenter Bee Trap is made of a special soft wood composite, while the Pine Wood Carpenter Bee Box Trap is made exclusively of soft pinewood. Pinewood, in particular, is a favorite of the Southeastern carpenter bee species.

Are Your Traps Really 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed?

Yes, they are. We just ask that you email us at customersupport@bestbeebrothers.com or call us at 414-436-0142 first. Many times there are tips and tricks we can share with you that will resolve the issue. However, if those don’t work, we will refund 100% of your purchase.

I Purchased a Trap Before 2018. Where Do I Get a Replacement Rubber Grommet?

In the accessories tab there are rubber grommets listed. We will sell these replacement parts until they run out. No more will be produced. We encourage everyone to purchase our new and improved design that eliminates the need for replacement parts.