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  1. #1
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    Default Sticky Board for Mite Counts Somehow Pulled from Hive (SBB) - Maybe a Skunk Did This?

    Ok, I'm using Screened Bottom Boards (SBB) for my two hives. A week ago, I put those white boards under them - with the grid - sprayed with PAM - so I could do a mite count. When I went today to pull them out and do a count, one of the boards was laying on the ground behind the hive.

    I'm guessing that there must be an animal bugging them at night - and somehow scratching at the back of the hive, pulled the board out.

    Anyone heard of anything like this?

    thanks -

    Jim

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    Default Re: Sticky Board for Mite Counts Somehow Pulled from Hive (SBB) - Maybe a Skunk Did T

    Did the skunk leave a note to say how many mites he found? Your hypothesis sounds likely, I have an electric fence which keeps out most critters. I have heard that skunks can be very destructive and leave scratchmarks on the hives. Have you seen any scratch marks?

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    Default Re: Sticky Board for Mite Counts Somehow Pulled from Hive (SBB) - Maybe a Skunk Did T

    Racoons would love something like that too, and they can get into just about anything that isn't padlocked shut.

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    Default Re: Sticky Board for Mite Counts Somehow Pulled from Hive (SBB) - Maybe a Skunk Did T

    I have had mine blow out during strong winds.

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    Default Re: Sticky Board for Mite Counts Somehow Pulled from Hive (SBB) - Maybe a Skunk Did T

    Thanks, everyone. Weird event, I'll just chalk it up to - bigfoot.

    The one thing I maybe should have done was lift that bottom super up and check for mice, but I just was of the mindset that it's too early to think mice. In any case, this first year has been fun!

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