Two Ways To Get Rid Of Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees drill holes in wood where they nest and lay their eggs, which can be a real problem in any building with exposed wood. This new carpenter bee trap is designed to help eliminate the problem
The holes in the Best Carpenter Bee Trap mimic the entrance to a carpenter bee nest, and the bees end up trapped in a plastic soda bottle. No bait or poison is needed.
The trap is designed to be placed on corners and peaks of buildings, preferably on the sunny side of the building where bee activity is the greatest. It consists of a small wooden house with angled sides and a flat top. There's also one flat side, allowing the trap to be screwed to wood directly over any existing carpenter bee hole.
An empty 20-oz. plastic soda or water bottle is screwed onto the bottom of the trap. Once the bees get inside the trap they want to get out and fly toward the light inside the bottle. To do that they have to go through a little plastic funnel and then down into the bottle. When the bottle gets full of bees you unscrew the bottle, ptu the cap on it, and replace it with another bottle.
"It's the most effective carpenter bee trap on the market," says inventor Brian Blazer, Heflin, Ala. "The trap has a wire on top so if you want you can hang it from a rafter or the corner of a building."
In structures already badly infested with bees, Blazer offers a product called carpenter bee butter. "The bee butter will wipe the bees out due to the active ingredient pymethrin, which is contained in a clear grease. You inject the grease into the bee's entrance hole. Any bee that goes into or out of the hole will get grease on it and die.
"It turns every carpenter bee entrance hole into a bee trap," says Blazer. "It works much better than spraying pymethrin into the wood because it actually gets the pymetrin on the bee and not just the wood. It aslo works better than using pymethrin dust, which has only an 18-day residual before it breaks down. The grease protects the pymethrin so it'll last more than a year."
The carpenter bee trap sells for $19.95 plus S&H. Carpenter bee butter treats more than 100 bee holes and sells for $12 plus S&H.
From FARM SHOW vol.34, no.1