Mice!

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by Dakine, May 5, 2012.

  1. Dakine

    Dakine New Member

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    I see on here that some people are concerned about mice in the hive.
    Do mice eat bees or what do they do?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They make large nests and are NOT housebroken.
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Which brings up another question. If one finds a mouse or mice had taken up residence in the bottom box of a hive during the winter, would any honey in that hive be considered contaminated? (Given the unhousebroken thing) I recently had the experience when helping a first spring inspection had a RAT jump out of a hive top feeder! :shock: Pretty near had to change the shorts after that one! :lol: Rat crap everywhere! Ugh.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I don't harvest overwintered honey, so never thought about it.
     
  5. Dakine

    Dakine New Member

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    We do get HEAVy duty mice infestations here on Molokai occassionally [yearly]. I guess I'll have to keep an eye on the entrance size. They CAN squeeze thru VERY small openings.
     
  6. Zulu

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    Keep a 3/8 or 1/2" spacer on the entrance and you should not have an issue, I cut my own on the saw and they are about 4" wide
     
  7. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    A mouse can get through a 1/2 in. hole. It can't get through a 3/8 in. hole.
     
  8. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    I continue to learn, thanks Iddee. Will make sure they are only 3/8"
     
  9. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    They are also quite destructive to the frames and combs where they build their nest. They gnaw away at the wood, sometimes chewing completely through a side or bottom and make large holes in the combs.
     
  10. barry42001

    barry42001 New Member

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    When I was starting to do spring clean up in Upstate New York, opened up a hive and could see alot of debris on the bottom board, removed the brood chambers, and saw something was entombed totally encased in propolis, had to scrape it out with hive tool, it was a totally dried down mummified mouse that judging from the number of stingers still attached to it's skin( about 300 ), had a really bad hair day and I doubt this one was coming back for seconds lol.
    Barry
     
  11. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    I've heard it said that propolis is one of the preservatives the Egyptians usedd in preparing their mummies. Maybe yours were Egyptian bees? :rolling: