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Old 03-20-2019, 06:20 PM   #1
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Honey Bee Hive between floor and under skin

We own a 1988 Excella 1000 located in ft Myers FL.
Last year (2018) just before we went north we discovered a full scale bee colony existed under the base skin just behind the hitch. Extermination is simple, however how to remove the honey and combs is the real problem!!
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Drop the pan and cut it out with a putty knife then pressure wash.
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Honey Bee Hive between floor and under skin

Get it totally clean and sealed up. Any wax or honey remaining will attract passing bee swarms and they will promptly move in when they smell it. It can also attract ants and other bugs you don’t want.

Used to have beehives. Fascinating hobby and can be very rewarding. Middle kid got into it in Alabama.
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Middle kid got into it in Alabama.
Where in Alabama? I’m in Alabama! Always looking for a good source of local honey.
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No longer in Alabama, sorry. There are several decent beekeepers in the Huntsville area where we formerly lived. Ask around.
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Drop the pan and cut it out with a putty knife then pressure wash.
When you say drop the pan I assume the aluminum skin. How is it fastened? Would be nice if it could be removed in one piece and reinstalled!
Was also thinking of cutting out section of floor (carpet needs to be replaced) and accessing hive from above????
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Not to interrupt the main topic (guess I did!)

We stayed at the Tumble In RV Park in Marfa Texas last year and a swarm of bees had made an entire AS their home. The AS was parked in the back with thousands of bees humming around it. The owner of the AS, and the park told the park manager he could have the AS if he could get rid of the bees.
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When you say drop the pan I assume the aluminum skin. How is it fastened? Would be nice if it could be removed in one piece and reinstalled!
Was also thinking of cutting out section of floor (carpet needs to be replaced) and accessing hive from above????
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From the top would be a lot more work in my opinion. The belly pan is help in place with large headed poprivets and a few things mounted under the trailer, like stabilizers. You should be able to drop just the front part of the belly pan to access what you need.
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I suggest getting a local bee keeper! These bees are precious and are in jeapordy around the country. We keep bees in our yard and they are so important to all of us! Good luck!
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I suggest getting a local bee keeper! These bees are precious and are in jeapordy around the country. We keep bees in our yard and they are so important to all of us! Good luck!
Agreed. Please call a local beekeeper to extract the bees from the hive, NOT exterminate them. Honey bees are dying off around the world and the US has a severe shortage of bees. Beekeepers actually transport their hives across state lines to aid in pollination of important food crops. Without honey bees and other pollinators, plants don't grow.
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Yes, it is important to save the the hive, please do
put all efforts into saving them...
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I suggest getting a local bee keeper! These bees are precious and are in jeapordy around the country. We keep bees in our yard and they are so important to all of us! Good luck!
Call your local Fire Department. They always have a list.
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