Traps Made By Local BeekeepersBelow are images of traps made by local beekeepers. If you make one, I'd love to include it on this page! Send me a photo! I think I'll keep a running log of them so folks can compare, or be inspired to build one.
June 29, 2020These were made by Harold Van Alsburg of Bellingham (I think?) just a few days ago. He's been a real help in making sure the plans are buildable, and added a few innovations. He made both a 10 frame and 8 frame version with the tetrahedron style traps.
Harold used 1x (meaning 3/4" thick) tight knot cedar fence boards for these- which is a superior material (and can also be purchased as cedar decking) than the 5/8" material I suggested in the drawings. Much stouter, though more pricey. Still- I'd recommend it if you can find it at a reasonable price.
He also enlarged the triangles to 4"- which I think may or may not be a good idea and we're reviewing (I'm concerned even with the smaller version holes they might be too confusing to the exiting bees- but not sure yet). Here are some images, really nicely done!
|A view of the underside|
|8 Frame version- Harold reduced to two holes, which|
is a great idea
8 frame side
|8 frame bottom|