Beekeeping Hive Maintainance

A Mouse in the Beehive

Earlier this fall I learned that one of my weaker beehives had succumb to wax moths.

It was awful and disgusting. So I removed some of the salvageable frames that I could and cleaned them up as best I could. I placed them into the deeps and put them off to the side- outside near the garden shed. I wanted them to air out, freeze any remaining larvae, and give them time before I placed them in the shed.

Unfortunately, I didn’t move those frames into the garden shed as timely as I would have liked and when I went to move the frames into the shed, I discovered that a wee little field mouse had taken up residence between the frames and the other wall of the deep.

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Mice like to take up residence into beehives. Why not? The hives are warm, safe and have delicious food! Sometimes, when the bees are in their cluster they do not notice the mouse in their house. Mice can sometimes co-exist with bees for quite some time. Other times, mice are not so lucky. Once discovered, the bees can sting them to death, encapsulate the body with propolis (bee glue) and wall it off. This is why beekeepers are encouraged to use mouse guards on all their active and living hive.

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The mouse guard can be made from something as simple as hardware cloth. Simply cut to length and bent in half, tuck it into the bottom board all across the entire entrance. I put them in all my hives once they are established and keep them in year round. It is a cheap solution to keep mice from the hives.

As for this little fellow. I shooed him off on his way and I tucked his intact nest into a small niche under the garden shed.

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  • Maria Cashdollar

    You have such a kind heart for all God’s creatures!

    • Thanks Maria! I don’t think I could be any other way 🙂

  • Sue

    We have started our first beehive, bought a survivor hive and received it on Mothers Day 2015. It has been an interesting year, of learning how to care for our girls ( and the boys too)! We are well into winter here in Maine now, and happy to say with a candy board and watching our bee’s are doing well! Looking forward to helping them make it through the rest of the winter, and buying a second hive in the Spring! We pull off 50 pounds of honey in September with plenty left for them for the winter! We love beekeeping!

    • That is so wonderful! I am thrilled to hear you are keeping bees too. Glad you like the candy board. It is such a learning curve to say the least but I am so glad you are helping the bees. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment.