Carpenter bees show up every spring trying to destroy my third rate carpentry. As a bee keeper, and one who appreciates diversity in nature, I try my best to live with most critters, especially pollinators. These guys however, harass my honey bees, and keep expanding their vacation homes at the expense of my stairs, porches, sheds, coops and fences. This year, after seeing so many new holes I kinda snapped and waged a war against these things that was reminiscing of Bill Murray in Caddyshack. For you yungin’s , google it. 🙂
So I decided do some surveillance and determine where they were moving the troops. I set up the LP/OP in a comfortable chair in the backyard. With a cool drink and wary eye it didn’t take long to spot one. They are easy to ID with their big shiny black butts, unlike the bumble bee that has a fuzzyish rear. Males tend to be the most destructive. You can tell em from the females by the white spot on their head. Once I located their favorite drilling location I put up the vacancy sign on my bee motel of doom. In about 4 hours I had a handful of them trapped. I felt kinda bad for em……….well, not really. My porch and sanity is saved for now. Gotta build me a few of these and spread them around. The trick they say is to make the entry holes upward at an angle, and it definitely works.