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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
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    Chicago, Illinois, USA
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    Default Mouse Guard for Hives on Rooftop

    I live in Chicago and my hive is set up on the roof of my brick two-flat. Does anyone think mice would/could crawl up to the roof and try to get into the hive? I have seen mice on occasion in my garden but it never occurred to me that they could actually climb up to the roof. It seems unlikely but I was getting ready to put in the entrance reducer since temps here have been unseasonably cold for October and thought I should maybe consider getting a mouse guard instead. Any thoughts?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lititz, PA, USA
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    Default Re: Mouse Guard for Hives on Rooftop

    I don't think you'll regret using a mouse guard if you have no mice, but you will regret not using it if you do have mice.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2012
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    Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
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    Default Re: Mouse Guard for Hives on Rooftop

    The mouse guard may help and does not hurt!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
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    San Francisco, CA
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    Default Re: Mouse Guard for Hives on Rooftop

    I have 12 roof top hives in SF and you will most assuredly need mouse/rat guards. Get a sheet of 1/4" hardware cloth, cut it to fit and thumbtack it over your hive entrances.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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