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  1. #1
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    May 2003
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    As its getting close to winter here and my colony is not too strong, I hear that it is wise to reduce the entrance to the hive to prevent rats, wasps and robbing bees.

    Im not sure what the size of the reduction should be
    Is a quarter of the entrance left open too much ? .

  2. #2
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    You can buy mouse gaurds here, which are the right size to NOT let a mouse in and are metal so they can't just chew their way in. You want an opening that is not more than 3/8" high (10 mm) and not less than 1/4" high (6 mm). This should keep the mice from getting in. How wide is up to you, but I would leave at least a couple of inches (5 cm) or so.

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