Beehives in the boat - need advice!

 Just before last summer I started keeping my boat on a property at the back of Margininup. I had not used the boat for about a month after dropping it off there. When i went to use it I found bees had made a hive in the storage compartment under the bunk in the cabin. It was a friggin nightmare trying to spray them, remove their nest and clean all the hundreds of dead bees that were stuck in old honey etc it was a fukn mess. Cleaned it sprayed it all with baygon surface spray, disinfectant and thought that would stop them from coming again.. Anyway.........I didnt use my boat during the 2 month ban and went to use it on monday. Now  2 HUGE hives and thousands of bees buzzing in cabin faark!.  My mates a hobby beekeeper so he suited up, sprayed flyspray removed both hives , couldnt find the queens and now ive got a huge mess of dead bees stuck in honey everywhere. Gonna go out there and clean it this weekend. What spray / chemical can i put in there to stop them from coming back and making more hives ? 

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Thu, 2021-12-30 16:36

 Try phenyle as they dislike it or try using Borax powder (available at Woolies) or as a last resort use Pheyrethrum


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Thu, 2021-12-30 19:02

 Move the boat to another location, that will stop those awy from the hive returning to it

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get a decent

Thu, 2021-12-30 19:16

cover made?  


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 Buy a proper hive and keep

Thu, 2021-12-30 19:23

 Buy a proper hive and keep it on the deck. That way you harvest fresh honey when the boats not in use. 


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That’s gold

Thu, 2021-12-30 20:43

At least your boat provided while laying dormant. Would be nice fresh honey yummy

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 put in a trapping box, pm me

Fri, 2021-12-31 08:38

 finding a queen after using flyspray is not the easiest way, the easiest way to find a queen is when they all alive as other  bees get out of her way- its how I look for them, dont look for the queen, look forthe pattern

put in a trapping box, pm me if u want, but your m8 the beekeeper should know how

-the idea is to give em something they like more to live in, lemongrass attracts them 

there will be a spot how they got in the storage box- - a hole - seal it with whatever

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Fri, 2021-12-31 16:46

 You MUST remove every trace of honey and wax, or they can smell it and come back. Bees have scout bees looking for new spots at all times.


Use lots of hot water to remove honey, wax must be scrapped off.

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Toilet blocks from urinals

Tue, 2022-01-11 09:13

Toilet blocks from urinals work well to keep them away or as mentioned Pyrethrin flakes.

A heat gun on a low setting and a scraper to remove the wax and a vacuum to suck up the bees.