Mouse Damage

Mice are a common problem in honey bee colonies. They often will make nests inside hives with or without bees. Most instances occur during the fall, when the evening temperatures begin to drop. Mice will destroy the frames and wax comb by chewing on them to create more area for their nest. Although the destruction of the hive is a big problem, another problem from mice infesting hives is that their urine and droppings often cause bees to abandon the hive.

Symptoms

  • Chewed frames and wax combs
  • Abandoned hive

Cause

  • predator - mice

Diagnosis

  • Clinical signs

Treatment


Prevention

  • Placing a 4-mesh screen across the hive entrance, stapled into place in October and removed in March.
  • Reducing the size of the hive entrance as the weather begins to cool

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