How Our Carpenter Bee Trap Works

Do carpenter bee traps really work? Yes, they do! The Original Bee Trap offers a low maintenance, chemical-free solution to get rid of carpenter bees!

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 the mason jar at the bottom of the trap
  • Bees then enter the container
  • Bees are stuck in the container 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 unprecedented in carpenter bee removal.

The base of the Original B Brothers Bee Trap is made of wood, specifically soft wood. When it comes to carpenter bees looking to build a home, the softer the wood the better. 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. In our trap, the largest light source comes from the bottom clear funnel. The funnel accelerates the bee's movement downward into the receptacle below. 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 finds its way back to the nest each year. 

The components of the trap are made of durable plastics specifically designed to withstand the weather elements and last you several seasons.

For the best results, 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.