any bee keepers here ?

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  1. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    walking past the RV and noticed a bee disappearing into a hole in the fridge flue cover on the roof.

    been up and removed the cover but there is a wire mesh built into the flue casing...definitely not removable....but cant see a nest or whatever bee's have.
    could be lower down the flue but cant get at it either up or down without removing the whole fridge (remember this is American and as big as most folks side by side fridge/freezer at home) or removing about 10 tubes of silicon sealer to remove the roof vent...the yanks arent afraid of using silicon to extreme.

    need suggestions as to getting the little flying buzz saws out and keeping them out.
     
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    Start it up with gas:Wink: should shift em:BigGrin:
     
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    Bee patient, it'll soon buzz off:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    been running on gas a while now....hasnt even agitated them :Doh:

    yanks have very large exhaust flue/vents...around 16" x 6" with baffles inside to reduce back draught while travelling.
     
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    Dont worry about them honey,they will soon buzz off:Laughing:
     
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    Blimy sounds like a bee's idea of heaven with central heating as well:Doh:
     
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    You could try making a bee trap and positioning it where you think they might be going in.Can you hear them in there or is it just one or two you think?
     
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    you want them out asap. Dont do it yourself as if you agitate them too much you will suffer. They can find the nest wherever you move the motorhome too as well.

    Use this website

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/

    Advice for swarms is here

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php

    The website may be able to point you to a local beekeeper who can help you.

    Good luck
     
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    no, cant hear them but they will be behind the fridge freezer and that arear is extremely well sealed with expanding foam.

    i reckon there are a few in there, 10's not 100's, as when i took off the top cover i had half a dozen or so come out to see where the sudden burst of light was coming from.
     
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    you want them out asap. Dont do it yourself as if you agitate them too much you will suffer. They can find the nest wherever you move the motorhome too as well.

    Use this website

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/

    Advice for swarms is here

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php

    The website may be able to point you to a local beekeeper who can help you.

    Good luck
     
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    One of my chums has a 'wild' bees nest in one of his out buildings, A local apiculturist visited and located the entrance and place a 'transit' nest over it and within a couple of days they moved over.
     
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    how about 82 miles away gail......:Laughing:

    going to Misterton next weekend regardless, and the fridge will be on gas until then.

    any nest there is in there is completely inaccessible without major dismantling so a bee keeper/swarm collector wont be able to do anything other than offer advise....but i'll ring the local guy anyway.

    the mice were bad enough but i see these being a nightmare. :Sad:
     
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    It sound unlikely that a swarm have taken up residence as you would certainly hear them and there would be a steady stream of bees leaving and entering. They could be scouts looking for a suitable site for a swarm that is hanging up somewhere in the vicinity. Alternatively it could be solitary bees looking for a site to lay eggs.
    Either way if you have any concerns get some wasp and bee insecticide and sprinkle some at the entrance. That is all a pest control person would do and charge £50 for 5mins work.
     
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    if they were scouts would they repeatedly enter and leave....only 5 or 6 at most at any time.

    as there are so few i reckon the hole will be patched up tomorrow evening....cant take a chance on a colony settling in.
     
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    Bees

    If you can try sticking a rag in the vent with Jays fluid on it ,we used to do it with wasp nests it suffocates them
    Alan
     
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    Although everyone is trying to protect bees sometimes they are sadly in the wrong place as yours are. As Sid52 said you could use an insecticide .
    Don't tell everyone but for wasp nests we use ant powder. It contains either permethrine or bendiocarb. Just sprinkle some at the entrance and they will take it into the nest. 12 -24 hours and the problem is solved.:thumb:
     
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    Smoke the little buggers out image.jpg
     
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    Hi,

    You don't appear to have anyone claiming to be a beekeeper, so may I be the first.

    There are lots of different sort of bees and they have many different life cycles, so without identifying the the species its difficult to guess what is going on in your flue.

    However one common feature of bees is that they survive by foraging. Therefore when the weather is reasonable, above 10C and not raining, you would expect to see regular comings and goings, if you aren't seeing this the odds are that there is nothing in there.

    Honey bees, what beekeepers keep, live in colonies each colony may have 50,000 bees. It is swarm season now where to reproduce at a colony level, half the bees and the queen fly off to start another colony elsewhere. You may have saw a scout bee looking for somewhere to do this, but it would soon move on as the space would be to small. At least two cubic feet of space is needed. A good swarm can weight a kilogram and you get an awful lot of bees to the kilogram:BigGrin:

    I could talk for England on the subject of honey bees, boring everyone silly:Rofl1:

    Gordon
     
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    My Dad has 3 hives and 2 years ago lost 2 lots of bees for no apparent reason.A week after he lost the 2nd colony he had a swarm appear on an apple tree in his garden (not his bees) and another colony swarmed on a nearby neighbours tree both of which he managed to keep until last year when he lost the lot.
     
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