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  1. #1
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    Default mousde guards clogging

    I use a metal mouse guard with the 3/8" holes. I noticed this makes it difficult for the bees to remove the dead. Will this become a problem over winter clogging the entrance?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    If you use 1/2" hardware cloth and fit it so the very bottom rung of the cloth is level or touching your bottom board they can easily cross through dragging dead bees behind them.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

  3. #3
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    I agree with Charlie, I have always attached this 1/2" mesh as he has described and have never had a mouse problem or clogged up entrances, the workers can freely drag drones through it easily.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

  4. #4
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    I use 1/4" mesh small mice can get through the 1/2".

  5. #5
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    i've never seen a mouse that could squeeze thru 1/2" mesh.

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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    I have!

    for thoes useing the metal ones with 3/8" holes that have one screw in the center---a coon can bend them eaisy and have a picnic.
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

  7. #7
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    Quote Originally Posted by crabbydad View Post
    i've never seen a mouse that could squeeze thru 1/2" mesh.
    They ARE harder to see but the sneaky little devils do exist!

  8. #8
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    Default Re: mousde guards clogging

    now i'm second quessing the 1/2" mesh i put on my opening. i am planning on leaving this on all year. maybe i should go with the 3/8".

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