Re: My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent
I doubt if the bees left because of the mouse. It isn't uncommon to find mice nesting in a hive alive with bees. I found a pair of mice in one of my hives yesterday. Snuggled up in their nest while the bees came and went. And the hive was loaded with bees. When I disturbed the nest the mice began running around the inside of the hive....and then the bees discovered them....and then the trouble (for the mice) began. Mice are nocturnal....so during the day they stay concealed and at night while the bees are clustered, the mice go and forage.
I'm guessing that something else happened to your bees.
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