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How Our Carpenter Bee Traps Work

Do carpenter bee traps really work? Yes, they do! Our Best Bee Traps offer a low maintenance, chemical-free solution to get rid of carpenter bees!

The trap was designed and patented by Brian Blazer, down in Heflin Alabama. After building his wood home with his own hands, it pained him to watch carpenter bees burrow into his home, destroying it over time. After a few years of study and observation of carpenter bees, Brian developed a design for a trap that captured the wood bees quickly and easily. The trap he developed soon was a sensation in his local area so he teamed up with Best Bee Brothers to improve upon the design features and increase the fulfillment capabilities. 

Carpenter Bee Traps: Do They Work?

How the Trap Works: 

  • Trap mimics a standard nest
  • Bees enter the trap thinking it's a good place to stay
  • Once they enter the trap, the only light source is through a bottle at the bottom of the trap
  • Bees then enter the bottle
  • Bees are stuck in the bottle unable to get out.

The bee trap is effective by employing simple yet brilliant design principles. Carpenter bees have much different habits than those of the bumble bee or honey bee. Understanding these habits is what makes the trap unbeatable in carpenter bee removal.

The base of the Best Bee Trap is made of wood, specifically soft composite plywood. In the case of carpenter bees, when they are looking for a home, the softer the wood the more they like it. The holes drilled into the wooden base are set to a specific diameter and angled upwards. The diameter is the same as the diameter of the holes carpenter bees naturally make. The angled property of the holes cuts off the light source for the bee when it enters into the wooden chamber of the trap.

Once they enter the trap, the carpenter bee will soon realize it is not an ideal place to lay their eggs and try to exit. Unfortunately for them, their instinctive exit strategy is to fly towards light. On our trap, the largest light source comes from the bottom clear funnel. The funnel accelerates the bees going down into the bottom receptacle. Following the light in the trap tricks the bees to travel through a unique funnel system which reduces clogging and prevents carpenter bees from escaping. Carpenter bees cannot fly directly up nor can they walk up plastic! Thus, once the bees head toward the light they are trapped.

As soon as there is one bee in the trap, expect to see many more! The dead bees release a pheromone that is highly attractive to other carpenter bees. The more dead bees, the more attractive the trap will get! This is the same science behind how a carpenter bee will find its way back to its nest year after year.

The components of the trap are made of durable plastics specifically designed to withstand the weather elements and last you several seasons. The Best Bee Trap also has a refined finish making it superior in aesthetic appeal compared with many of the other versions out there.

For the best results, it is best to hang or mount the traps on the corners and peaks of your structure. Carpenter bees love the warmth, it is perfect for mating, so be sure to hang the traps on the sunny side of your structure. Each trap will typically have a 15 foot working radius so make sure you get the proper amount to protect your structure. Hang multiple traps and treat any holes by clogging them with plugs, cork, putty or even a caulking compound.

So now that you know that carpenter bee traps actually work, consider purchasing the best trap on the market which has a 100% money back guarantee.

For additional placement tips, visit our trap placement page.