We have had a problem this year y’all.  The dreaded carpenter bees have been at work around the farm.  My husband made a trap and I thought I would share it here with y’all.  Use any scrap 4 x 4 you have to make a carpenter bee trap for your home.  This is a simple project and it uses a mason jar y’all!     

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

You can use a scrap 4 x 4 for this project or purchase a new one if you don’t have any in your wood pile.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

You will need to drill a hole in the center.  We used a 15/16″ drill bit.  You can use one that is 1 inch or a little under.  You need to drill your hole about 5 inches deep.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

Mark up about 2 1/2 inches from the end and drill holes in the center of each side as shown below.  Keep your drill at about a 45 degree angle.  Drill until you reach the hole that you put in bottom.  Use about a 3/4 inch drill bit for this purpose.  Repeat in all four sides.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

Cut off your 4 x 4 at around 7 inches long.  Add a hook to the top for hanging.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

Add a larger hole to the center of your mason jar lid then screw it onto the bottom of your trap.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

Screw the mason jar onto the bottom of the trap.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!

This one is ready to hang and catch those carpenter bees.  We gave ours a few weeks and I can definitely say it is working now!  Use these instructions to make a carpenter bee trap or two for around your home.

Make your own carpenter bee trap from a scrap 4x4 and a mason jar!