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  1. #1
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    Default Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    So last year I didn't do much and I found a mouse nest in my hive. This year I was thinking of using half corks for a reducer and keeping two one half entrances open. Do you think that would keep mice out?
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    Hey Dan
    This was discussed earlier this year when a new guy was thinking about building his hive.
    some good ideas came up. http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...h+top+bar+hive

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    Wink Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    You even got in on this one too.

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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    Haha, ya. My main concern as I get close to fall is wondering if a mouse could chew its way in.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    yeah just screen it over. Even cover the plugged holes with mesh.

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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    I plan on screening mine over with 1/2" mesh hardware cloth. Bees will have no problem getting through, but will inhibit the mice.

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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    There's been debate about 1/2" hardware cloth on other threads. Some believe that mice can still squeeze through it.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    "...Some believe that mice can still squeeze through [1/2" hardware cloth]...."

    The mice around here can. I need to make any opening into the hive 3/8" or smaller to keep 'em out.

    I generally find white-foot mice in my TBHs. They look like the kind of mouse that Mickey Mouse was based on -- big round ears, large pop-eyes, and delicate white feet. Cute ... but destructive.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    Must be some awful skinny mice there in Iowa! lol
    Ours might fit through, I guess it depends on how hard you push.
    I know.... gross.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Tbh reducer/mouse guard

    You might be right, Mr. Beeman. The bad part is once they get in the hive, they get fat enough they can't get back out. That's really when the "gross" part comes in.

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