Mouse in the Hive

I didn’t take my own advice about putting in a simple mouse guard. When checking my hives, I found evidence on the bottom board of mouse or shrew in my hive.

Legs, wings, and heads littered the bottom board. This can be a sign that a mouse is getting into the hive and eating bees. Apparently the legs don’t taste that good.

I did my best to make sure the mouse had left for the day. and I installed a mouse guard. It makes it harder for the bees to keep the bottom board clean but that seems like a worth while trade off.