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  1. #1
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    Feb 2013
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    Default Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    I have been looking for an inexpensive mouse guards. I found these gutter guards at Menards. The plastic is exterior grade and the pre-drilled holes are 3/8". Trim off the one side, cut them the width of your hive opening, fasten with 6 screws and your done.

    Quick, simple, cheap.

    Not sure how the plastic will hold up to vermin....guess we will see.

    Why would I not just leave them on all year long?

    Couldn't get my photos to upload. Here is the product: http://www.menards.com/main/building...498-c-5812.htm

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    West Palm Beach, FL
    Zone 10a; Elevation 13 feet

  3. #3
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    Walker, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    I use 1/2" hardware cloth so they have no problems dragging out the trash but the openings are still small enough to keep out the field mice. Since I use the same stuff on my benches, this is a nice use for the scraps that would otherwise get wasted.

    HTH

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    second that, #2 for wintering, #4 too small

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    plastic and mice do not go well together,, since the mice can chew bigger holes and make entrances

  6. #6
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    May 2012
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

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    #4 hardware cloth. Doesn't slow them down a bit. Just remove an upright or two so bees can clean house. I have had mice get through 1/2" before.
    Plastic (vinyl) should slow down the mice.... a little.
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  7. #7
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    Bristol,MA,USA
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    1/4" is too small. Incoming pollen gatherers will lose the pollen that filled their sacs. 1/2" lets in small voles and mice. Stick with the proper beespace of 3/8". OMTCW

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