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Checked my hives yesterday and had 3 mice moved in to the bottom box. They ate through half the foundation to build there nest. I removed the box and reinstalled the mouseguard.

Should I destroy the frames. I was going to get rid of the foundation on them, was wondering if any diseases from the mice could stick around and cause problems with my bees if I was going to reuse the frames or box this spring/summer.

This is my first mouse infestation. Just checking.
 

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First mouse? Hope you don't get a second, and a third...

I can't answer your question directly, not having had that experience, but I can say that I have seen pictures of mouse damage and it's not pretty. I have also seen pictures of a mouse completely covered and sealed with propolis still in the hive. This tells me that if the bees were able to survive despite the mouse's decaying presence, I would think re-using the frames would be OK. But why chance it? I mean what are we talking about here? A few bucks worth of frames and foundation! I would junk the damaged goods and start them up on new material. Just my opinion.

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