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    Angry bees nesting in lower unit

    In need of suggestions here. Working in my driveway where I park my oat on a trailer, I noticed a honey bee enter in one of the weep holes of my outboard motor's lower unit. I watched for a while and bees were entering and leaving through that hole. I hooked up the hose flush connection (Yamaha 225) and flushed away. Went back the next day and flushed again and water was not coming from that hole. I pushed thin wire up there and flushed much to the dislike of about 10 honey bees swarming around me. Yellow beads were coming out and water started flowing again. I now have a small swarm of bees around my outboard. I just used the boat last week. Any suggestions on how to keep them out of my outboard? ...............Joe

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    I’d put a piece of tape over the hole. Just remember to remove it when you use the boat. I would think the bees would eventually move on.

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    I thought of that but now they are going or trying to into every hole, nook and cranny. They were even going into my drain plug hole. Drain plug in solved that. I guess I will need something to repel them.

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    Bee keepers use smoke but that is only temporary while they get the honey. Maybe a large plastic leaf bag over the entire motor. Maybe move the boat to a friend’s house for a few days.

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    There may bee (he he) a queen inside still. If that's the case they won't leave- like ever.

    How about moving the boat for a few days somewhere else?

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    I've been flushing regularly and water flow is good. Actually I read on the net (so it must be true) to make a garlic tea and put it in a spray bottle. Use it to spray the motor, that is supposed to repel them without harm. If they are still there tomorrow I will try. If that doesn't work I think temporary relocating is the only option.

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    This PSA was posted on MD Shooters not long ago. They might be able to help you and the honey bees.

    https://www.mdshooters.com/showthrea...03#post5543403

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    Moving the boat as suggested might be the easiest and most effective. Beekeepers state that if you move a hive it has to be 2s- 2feet or 2 miles. So just moving it to a far extent of property might be enough. The drones will hang around looking for it but will soon givw up.

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    I don't have any suggestions; I just clicked on this post to see what all the buzz was about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goose70 View Post
    I don't have any suggestions; I just clicked on this post to see what all the buzz was about.
    Jeff, You bees nozy!😊........... Gary

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