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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
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    Just a reminder for all of the new beekeepers.

    If you live in a colder region of the country, you should have entrance reducers on. Mice will be starting to move into your hives, and they can do lot's of damage!

    If you have an above average mice problem, I've found setting up an empty super with traps inside works great.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Mason, MI, USA
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    Around here you need metal mouse guards. Most mice will enlarge the standard 3/8 opening large enough for them to get in. Be sure mr/mrs mouse is not there before installing the mouse guards as they will keep the mouse in and a lot of comb damage will result.
    Clint

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    Clinton Bemrose
    just South of Lansing Michigan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Kansas
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    My bees are putting on winter coats, more furry now.

    Must mean they're feeling the chill?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    crown point, NY, USA
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    Yes Mr. mouse can gnaw just about every kind of wooden entrance reducer. The metal types are best. 1/4" inch hardware cloth is good too.

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