Mouse guards

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by charmd2, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. charmd2

    charmd2 New Member

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    What size mesh do I need to purchase to make my own mouse guards?
     
  2. d.magnitude

    d.magnitude New Member

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    I believe #4 hardware cloth (1/4 inch) is what people use. I've also read that drones can have a hard time squeezing out of #4, and workers have trouble "dragging out the dead" sometimes. There shouldn't be many drones left by the time you're putting mouse guards on though.

    Anyone with experience using this kind of mouse guard? Any other home-made mouse guard ideas? I bought Maxant stainless-steel guards for my first hives. They're very spiffy, but I'd like to find a more economical option (and I love things homemade).

    -Dan
     

  3. charmd2

    charmd2 New Member

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    I would have just purchased them, but I've got some antique boxes I aquired, and some of them have rather large mouse sized holes in them. So I figure I should put the mesh on the "extra" holes.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    #3 or #4 hardware cloth. #3 is harder to find, but eliminates the above problems. !/2 inch will allow a mouse to go through.
     
  5. d.magnitude

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    A while back, I searched high and low for #3 cloth but couldn't find any. If anyone out there has a reasonable source, let me know.

    What kind of mouse guards do you guys use?
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I think I have a roll in my basement. How much do you want?
     
  7. d.magnitude

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    Thanks for the offer Iddee. I'll PM you.

    I'm still curious to hear what other folks use...
     
  8. Walt B

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    I just use the purchased brackets with the 3/8" holes. If I run out, I'll probably try to fashion a similar 90 degree bracket from some scrap 26 gauge steel panels.

    Walt
     
  9. tecumseh

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    I notice some of my customer here fashioned some very neat little mouse guard/hive entrance reducers this spring from the metal and plastic drywall bead you use on corners.