How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Do I Need?

Carpenter bee traps refer to wooden blocks that come already drilled from the manufacturer and then attached to a plastic bottle or glass jar. The wood blocks attract the carpenter bees to drill, and then the jar traps the bees, causing them to die and prevent damage from your home. They are very effective and aren’t hard to set up. You can also build your own carpenter bee traps!

The traps replicate a bee nest in order to lure the bees into crawling inside them without noticing any foul play, and sometimes even use carpenter bee bait. If you’re looking to use traps to get rid of bees, you’re probably thinking: “how many carpenter bee traps do I need?”

Or it could be that you feel the number of traps in your home isn’t sufficient enough to handle carpenter bee presence. In this article, we answer the question.

How Many Carpenter Bee Traps Should You Use?

Keep in mind that each trap has to be within a fifteen-foot radius of your home. But if bee activity extends farther away from that distance, you can consider installing more traps. That’s because doing so ensures the proper protection of your home and keeps your property safe from intruding bees looking for nesting sites. 

To get the exact amount of traps you need, we recommend that the span of the area you want to be protected should be measured and marked off at every 15 feet. That way, you can then source as many traps as necessary to cover the marked spaces.

You’ll get the best results if the traps are positioned in strategic corners and at the peaks of your building. The rationale behind this suggestion links to how carpenter bees have a territorial nature after their nest gets set up. They tend not to leave or move that much to a new area. Finding where to hang carpenter bee traps is one of the most important parts of the process.

When the carpenter bees crawl into these strategically placed pre-drilled holes that come in a wooden block, they cannot leave because they do not know the exit or entrance holes. That’s all down to how the trap is designed by having the light source placed at the bottom.  In a bid to escape, the carpenter bees head towards that light at the bottom part of the trap where they get closed out. 

The bees die soon after and their carcasses can then be disposed of by unscrewing the jar and taking them out.

Final Thoughts On Implementing Carpenter Bee Traps

Carpenter bees are guilty of causing severe damage to wooden structures because they excavate extensively. Besides the annoying buzz they create, their activities cost you in terms of money, since you’ll have to fix whatever mess they make. Their drilling activities eventually lead to problems like moisture seeping into the wood and causing it to rot.

Using bee traps typically helps to save you from all that, which is why installing them in your home strategically makes sense. Remember, it’s not just about hanging a new trap close to new nests. But it’s mostly about getting it right with measuring out the area and getting the required number of traps to provide adequate coverage. Take a look at our guide on how to use a carpenter bee trap so you can have full protection from carpenter bees!

About The Author:

David Floyd has 20 years of experience working as a pest control technician as well as running his own pest control company. His main goal is to provide accurate and helpful DIY tips to keep your home pest-free and how to identify different types of household pests!