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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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
 

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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.
 

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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.
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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:
 
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