Help! Skunks/Coons...

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by DonMcJr, May 13, 2012.

  1. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Something removed my entrance reducer last night. Haven't went any closer to see if there's any more damage cause we had to leave for Mother's Day stuff.

    I'm gonna make spike boards to put around the hive... Any other ideas?
     
  2. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Lots of options to find out what's bugging your bees and stop it:
    A trail camera, a live trap, switch to upper entrances or raise hives. You might also want to get those red light eyes that some folks protect their chickens with.

    http://www.solarniteeyes.com/
     

  3. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Since I made that post I think I have found the Solution and we will soon see who the culpret is!

    Spikes for Coons/Skunks

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    Here's the Spikes Installed...

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    Some Bees...

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    Soon we will know who is messing with the Bees...

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  4. Walt B

    Walt B New Member

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    Looks like you've come up with a solution.

    I use rolled up chicken wire in front of the hive. It forces the critter to stand, exposing the underside to stings. I'm feeble enough that I would probably forget about the spikes and step on them. :grin:

    Walt
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    A piece of carpet tack strip nailed on the landing pad would be easier and safer for other critters, including humans.
     
  6. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Well I caught the Intruder in action but the spike boards seem to work!

    [video=youtube_share;4Kysrx4QGdE]http://youtu.be/4Kysrx4QGdE[/video]
     
  7. bamabww

    bamabww New Member

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    Yeah, you got him. He can't deny it now. A friend of mine set up a similar camera trap to find out what was eating his bees. He said there would just be a double handful of bees parts piled up in front of his hive morning after morning with 3/4 of the body missing. He filmed a 'possum standing up at his hive, patting his hand around the entrance and then grabbing and eating / biting in half the bees one by one that came to investigate. He raised his hive and solved that problem.
     
  8. tmrschessie

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    I trap them to make for a permanent removal. I also have free range chickens so have to keep the predators under control. Tom
     
  9. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    Nothing has bothered the hive since the spikes were installed...

    As soon as the baby coons look grown its gonna be open season...there's seriously about 30 around here!
     
  10. barry42001

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    Raccoon's eating bees. I would never have imagined that--skunks yeah, never would have thought about oppossums either.
    Barry
     
  11. PerryBee

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    I've got racoons visiting our backyard in town here. They crawl all over the boxes in the backyard (empty) leaving footprints all over everything. I also noticed on one box that the bottom front edge of all the frames in that box have been cleaned down to bare foundation in a perfect semi-circle (about 4 " round), like something was reaching in and stripping the comb and all.