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Old 11-08-2013, 06:17 AM   #1
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Look what was under the bed..

So yesterday at our shop one of the techs comes running into the service office exclaiming that we MUST come see what he found under the wooden bed support of a travel trailer in for some outer skin and rotten wood replacement.

This is what he found. Due to the 30 degree weather they were pretty docile but some managed to get grumpy. Nonetheless we managed to extract it and get it scraped off and burnt in the gravel lot. I have never seen such a nest so extravagant and with so many layers/levels to it.. gives me the creeps looking at it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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bees,hornets,etc...? WOW!!!!! i am still running.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:04 AM   #3
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Dang, that's how you know you're not using it enough.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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That nest is huge! It looks like one I found in the woods hanging from a tree when I was hunting a few years back and the ranger told me it was a hornet's nest. I cut the thin tree limb with the nest on it and used it for a cabin decoration after assuring myself it was truly abandoned. Wow!
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Now you have to find and plug the hole back there where the bees were getting in and out from.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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That's just down right scary. Well, at least it wasn't the OP's RV.

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Can you imagine what could have happened to that tech had he opened up that bed compartment this last summer?????
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Be glad you found it now. Had it went undetected, they would have kept building and filled the entire space with their nest. I have seen them in old abandoned cars and houses where they get very large. Would not want to be sleeping in bed with hornets bunking underneath.
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Yellow jackets. We have a bunch of them in this area. Usually nest in the ground, but with all the rain this spring and early summer they were nesting much higher anyplace they could access. Used to have honey bees do the same thing but the bees are dying off from some sort of parasite - seldom see them in the wild in this area now.
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Interesting post and very nice photos.

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The trailer owner knew they had an infestation problem due to seeing them swarming the side of the trailer. Unfortunately, a piece of the exterior siding had been accidentally ripped off a few years ago and left the wall exposed underneath - which began taking on water and rotting the wood behind it (Fleetwood Mallard TT). They thought the nest might be in that wall, and they were close, but the little buggars found a way into the storage space under the bunk beds. Our shop was fortunate that the majority of them abandoned this nest sometime ago, but there will still several dozen who emerged once we started to remove the underlayment board.
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A few years ago, A friend of mine and his brother in law were hunting in the "Cold Country". They came upon a very large nest in a tree and figured it would make a nice decoration for his den. He climbed up the tree and cut the limb it was attached to and tossed it in the jeep. When they were on the long drive back home in the Nice Warm Cozy jeep; well lets just say the hornets became nice and warm too and began to unleash their anger upon the two drivers.....They never made it home with the decoration!!
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