Re: Lost hives - How to store honey over winter to restart in Spring?
Welcome to Beesource JAR15. In addition to the screen in front, I would wrap a ratchet strap around each hive to prevent curious critters from opening things up. No need to worry about small hive beetles and wax moths when it is freezing outside.
Deb, the mice around here are pretty smart too. They skip the beehives and go straight for the house. Mouse traps are cheap though.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.