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  1. #1
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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

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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)

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

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

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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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    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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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    I've used the 1/4" mesh and it works fine. This year I am going to try the drywall bead, hopefully it will be faster.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    I read mice can squeeze through #2 hardware cloth.

    Some local hardware stores carry it. Use #8 for SBBs and #4 for mouse guards.

    If you can't find it local pay shipping and I will send you a piece.

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    i use the expanded metal that is used to give cultured stone something to stick to. It is cheap and comes in 3 X 8 sheets. The diamond shaped holes are about 1/2 X 3/8. The stuff cuts easily with a tin snips and I just snap a couple of staples in to hold it in place

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    I saw a picture of a dead mouse that got stuck in 1/2" x 1" wire mesh; the mouse was crawling into a bird cage (to eat bird food, etc). The mouse was killed by the bird while the mouse was squeezing through the wire mesh.
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Zone 10a; Elevation 13 feet

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    DANNO: Sounds like a good idea on size...but if it is like the stuff they have locally, it has rough edges that could damage bees' wings, shortening their lives.
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Zone 10a; Elevation 13 feet

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    i use the expanded metal that is used to give cultured stone something to stick to. It is cheap and comes in 3 X 8 sheets. The diamond shaped holes are about 1/2 X 3/8. The stuff cuts easily with a tin snips and I just snap a couple of staples in to hold it in place
    works great and cheap

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    i use the expanded metal that is used to give cultured stone something to stick to. It is cheap and comes in 3 X 8 sheets. The diamond shaped holes are about 1/2 X 3/8. The stuff cuts easily with a tin snips and I just snap a couple of staples in to hold it in place
    works great and cheap

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Clean View Post
    DANNO: Sounds like a good idea on size...but if it is like the stuff they have locally, it has rough edges that could damage bees' wings, shortening their lives.
    It does have some sharp edges but the holes are perfect size that the bee's easily make it through but they are to small for even the smallest mouse. Do you guys even need mouse guards in FL?

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

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    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    i use the expanded metal that is used to give cultured stone something to stick to. It is cheap and comes in 3 X 8 sheets. The diamond shaped holes are about 1/2 X 3/8. The stuff cuts easily with a tin snips and I just snap a couple of staples in to hold it in place
    It's wire lath that I think your talking about ??
    Here it is
    http://hdfangyu.en.alibaba.com/produ...or_stucco.html

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    Default Re: Cheap and Easy Mouse Guards

    that's what I use. Bees come and go easily and even with full pollen baskets none gets knocked off.

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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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