DIY Bee Trap

DIY Bee Trap

Hi Friends! This week’s DIY project is wonderful for the Spring and Summer months. If y’all are anything like us, we have a HUGE problem with carpenter bees. Those little stinkers have drilled holes all over the outside of our shed. And as aggravating as they are, they are even more harmful to your outdoor wooden structures!

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You see, when carpenter bees drill their holes, they may only appear to be an inch or two deep, but it rarely ends there. The carpenter bee will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet. Over time, this can cause weak areas in your lumber, and can become very unsafe.  It is not uncommon to find several pairs of carpenter bees nesting in one structure.  They frequently nest near each other and often in the same area year after year, causing extensive damage.  So, you may find old holes near newer ones.

carpenter bee dam 1

 

Bee-infested gate post

We came up with a fun and decorative way to help stop carpenter bees in their tracks with a bee trap! And the wonderful thing about it is that it will also capture wasps and hornets too (I love when things do double duty) This project took us a few hours to complete, and was very cost effective! It will only cost you a few dollars to build and complete, and could potentially save you hundreds in damage repairs! And not to mention, it is fairly easy to build. If you can build a box and cut some holes…YOU’RE SET!

Here are our step-by-step plans:

1. One, yes ONLY 1 board is needed for this project!

1 board

1 x 6 x 8

 

board for bee trap

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We then measured and made our cuts with our Kobalt 12-in 15-amp Dual Bevel Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw:

cut and measure

And here are our cuts:

The  (4) cuts along the top are 7 1/2" high. The (2) cuts along the bottom are 7" high.

The (4) cuts along the top are 7 1/2″ high. (sides)
The (2) cuts along the bottom are 7″ high. (top and bottom)

We then did a quick “dry fit” to make sure all of our measurements were correct:

dry fit

2. Now we will begin gluing and nailing all of our pieces together with our Titebond Wood Glue and Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8′ to 2′ Brad Nailer.

 

box together

3. Next we will drill all of our holes using our Dewalt DWD112 8.0 Pistol Grip Drill. We drilled 1 angled hole on each of the 4 sides using a 1/2′ drill bit. Make sure that your holes are drilled in an upward angle. This will allow the bees access to enter, but not exit.

drill holes

 

4. Now we will drill our opening for our mason jar with our 2″ hole saw. This is will lead to the area that the bees will eventually get trapped in. This hole should be drilled on the underside of the trap.

large hole

5. Next, we will simply fill all of our nail holes with Dap Plastic Wood Filler. We love this wood filler because it dries quickly, does not crumble or shrink once dry, and it comes in a variety of colors. Once our filler has fully dried, we will sand everything down to a smooth finish with our Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander.

fill holes sand

6. It is time to start staining our trap! We chose to use Minwax Provincial Stain. Not only do we LOVE the color, but we also had it on hand from a previous project (view here), which saved us some MONEY! We chose not to stain inside on the holes where the bees will enter. Since they like unfinished, raw wood, we did not want to cover those areas up. We want to do our best to entice them into these areas. (You can skip this part if you would like to leave your trap natural.)

staining trap

7. Now that our stain has finished drying, we can add our mason jar. We first used a scrap board to pre-tap our holes. Next we add some Titebond Wood Glue to our ring. Now we will nail our ring onto the underside of our trap. (where we pre-drilled our large hole) Next we will screw our mason jar on to make sure it threads easily.

adding mason jar

8. We quickly spray painted our hanging hardware before attaching. We used Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in Aged Copper. (optional)

spray hanging hardware

 

9. Now it’s time to put everything together!

done

And here is our FINISHED BEE TRAP:

DIY Bee Trap

 

http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Carpenter_bee_damage/

http://ecopestcontrolmi.com/the-carpenter-bee-natures-wood-boring-bees/#.VXDPLM9VhBc

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