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  1. #1
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    Default How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Hello all,
    I have a little, maybe big, problem in one of my hives here. I just replaced the screened bottom board with a solid bottom board, and in the process I noticed a hole chewed in the (plastic) screen and mouse droppings on the floor. Hmm, I thought, because I had an entrance reducer, but obviously that didn't keep the mouse out. There were no nesting materials on the floor of the hive, so I figured it just came for a visit. Well, I came back to this;

    Picture 098.jpg

    Obviously not just a visit, and I'm sure the mouse is setting up residence there. I would close of the hole, but I don't want to shut it in there. What should I do? Put poison outside the hive? Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Peanut butter mouse trap, works every time! Good luck

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    simple...open up the top and stuff in a cat.....

    deknow

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    simple...open up the top and stuff in a cat.....

    deknow
    yep

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    simple...open up the top and stuff in a cat.....

    deknow
    How do I get the cat out of my hive now.?

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    How do I get the cat out of my hive now.?
    Close up the entrances till it smothers or chokes on the mouse and toss the dead carcasses out.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Ben: As in most all things beekeeping, the hive tool is an effective weapon in the never ending battle against mice. Work out the details on your own and think of it as a sort of "right of passage" on your journey to becoming a full fledged beekeeper. If you succeed a notch on your hive tool would be appropriate.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    How do I get the cat out of my hive now.?
    Drop in a dog.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    I was waiting for "Drop in a Chinese restaurant owner". Dog works also then "Drop in a Chinese restaurant owner"

    I pre-apoligize to any Chinese restaurant owning Beek's.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Thanks everyone for the humor! I had to chuckle (loudly) when reading these suggestions. I have killed 6 mice before with my hive tool, good idea of putting notches per victory in it.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    To prevent this issue in the future use a metal entry.
    Hive_Pictures_036.jpg

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    I suggest borrowing the book "Rats" by Robert Sullivan from the library. It is a non-fiction book about rats. You might get some ideas on how to temp the mouse out of your hive. I read that book many years ago and it has never left me. One thing the author said was, no matter where you are in New York City you are only five feet from a rat. I also read that a rat can collapse his body to the size of his skull. You hear plenty about mice getting in hives but not rats.
    Last edited by linn; 12-28-2012 at 11:23 PM. Reason: NYC addition

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    They can't collapse their body down that far... at least not all of them. I had to dispatch one with his head sticking out a hole in a wall at work.... I honestly tried to save him as I opened the wall on the inside and tried pulling him back through, but in the end I had to dispatch him and his head still popped off pulling him out.

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    A rocking chair
    A six pack
    A 12 gauge
    and a few hours
    "hobby farm" is an oxymoron
    Brent Roberts

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by brent.roberts View Post
    A 12 gauge
    For crying out loud....it's only a mouse!
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: How do I get a mouse out of my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by brent.roberts View Post
    A rocking chair
    A six pack
    A 12 gauge
    and a few hours
    That is not how to get one out. That is how to keep them from coming and going. Pay attention to the original post.

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