Named for their habit of boring into wood and excavating galleries in which to lay eggs, carpenter bees are capable of causing structural damage to the eaves, rafters, and other exposed wood of homes. Due to the risks associated with pesticides and the high heights at which the insects often live, carpenter bee traps are a frequently used alternative to other methods of pest management. A typical carpenter bee trap is constructed of wood and generally resembles a birdhouse with a transparent bottle or container attached to the bottom. While the effectiveness of carpenter bee traps remains open for discussion among experts, the devices prove easy to use largely because of the way they work.
Carpenter bee traps take advantage of the insects natural tendencies. Made of the very material carpenter bees are most attracted to, the traps feature an opening roughly the same size and shape as the holes the insects produce when boring through wood. Carpenter bees then enter the trap willingly as if the device were an ideal nesting place. Once inside, the insects are attracted to the light shining through the transparent receptacle connected to the underside of the wood. The carpenter bees fly in to the receptacle and become trapped.
Despite the ease of using carpenter bee traps, homeowners should still seek out the services of a pest control expert to ensure the safe and complete removal of all carpenter bees. Carpenter bees are often difficult to control without professional assistance, as the insects often nest in high places and will sting when threatened. Furthermore, because carpenter bees do not actually eat the wood they excavate, the use of protective insecticide sprays and other preventative measures frequently proves ineffective. Even when private residents successfully trap carpenter bees, additional steps must be taken for the issue to become totally resolved. Homeowners must ensure complete displacement of all carpenter bees before sealing the holes created by the destructive insects. Otherwise, any carpenter bees left behind will simply bore new holes and cause additional damage. An experienced pest control professional has the knowledge, equipment, and ability to deal with carpenter bees properly and effectively.