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Old 05-31-2015, 06:03 AM   #1
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AHHHH! Insects!!!!!

Went to Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio last week. Had a great campsite. Enjoyed the deer in camp and the birding was wonderful. More Bald Eagles than we could ever want to see in Ohio.

But... When we went to pack up to leave, the bumble bees had decided to make swiss cheese out of our Winnebago. Found them in the basement compartments (had NOT been left open). found them in the rear wall (looks like they came in through a hole for mounting an anti-loss lanyard for the gas cap.

And, even though the power cord was hung from the top of the receptacle box and never touched the ground the ants had climbed the receptacle box and used the power cord for a freeway to look for goodies in the camper.

Anyone know how to get rid of the Bumble Bees???

Thanks in advance.


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Old 05-31-2015, 07:15 AM   #2
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AHHHH! Insects!!!!!

They are most likely carpenter bees. No stingers on em. They burrow into wood for nesting.
Only there a week? Just leave. They will probably bail out.
Ants? Terro ant baits.

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Old 05-31-2015, 08:20 AM   #3
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+1 on Terro Ant Baits. Available at Home Depot and other places. They actually work. Don't kill ants around bait because they take it back to the nest.a few days and all gone. If they are carpenter bees they are much bigger than normal and are agressive when stirred up. We have them show up in our barns and the only thing that works is powerful poison. Hopefully that isn't what you have and when you drive off they will leave.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:07 AM   #4
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Ants seem to be attracted to my power bay... I've found them nesting, laying eggs etc, in the connector for my 50A cable. Someone told me to put bounce sheets in the bay... I haven't had a problem since.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
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Get ride of them, clean the RV really good then spray it with Ortho Home Defense. I've had 90% success in keeping ants out of a travel trailer and hopefully the RV. It doesn't have a bad odor at all. The problem is when they are in the trees and fall onto your roof. You don't don't find those buggers for a while. Also, put a big glob of vaseline around the power cord a foot or more away from the RV. Ant's won't cross it.
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If they are carpenter bees the male doesn't sting but the female will. If you can find the hole they are nesting in then wait till dark when they are all in the nest hole use WD-40 the one with the tube attached and spray it in the hole they nest in an then that will be the end of them. We have a wood deck with treated wood and they attacked it. Found their nest holes sprayed the WD-40 no more bees. Sealed the holes with liquid nail no more problems. Try it as it worked for me.

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