Attaching Mesh With Pushpins (Instead of Staples)

I removed the shrew-proofing mesh from my hives yesterday so I could clear out the dead bees that have accumulated so far this winter. I reattached the mesh afterwards with the use of a staple gun that produces a loud bang that vibrates through the hive and riles up the bees. But this comment changed everything:

“Would it be possible to secure it [the mesh] with drawing pins rather than staples?”

It’s absolutely possible. I did it today, just five minutes ago.

One of three thumb pushpins used to attach shrew-proofing mesh to hive. (Dec. 13, 2015.)

One of three thumb pushpins used to attach shrew-proofing mesh to a hive. (Dec. 13, 2015.)

The drawing pins / pushpins work just as well as staples as far as I can tell. That mesh isn’t going anywhere.

Three green thumb pushpins (instead of staples) used to attach mesh over bottom entrance. (Dec. 13, 2015.)

Three green thumb pushpins (instead of staples) used to attach mesh over bottom entrance. (Dec. 13, 2015.)

Now I can easily remove the mesh, clean out the dead bees and reattach the mesh without bothering the bees. I thought I might need to find a different method for keeping the shrews out of my hive for next year. Not anymore. The mesh attached with thumb pushpins instead of staples works perfectly. At least that’s my story for now.

Thanks for the tip, Emily.

NOVEMBER 19, 2016: The original version of this post referred to the pushpins as thumb tacks. The more common name (at least in North America) is pushpin, so I changed all the “thumb tacks” to “pushpins.”

5 thoughts on “Attaching Mesh With Pushpins (Instead of Staples)

  1. Been keeping bees for 15 years and I still learn something new almost every day. Even just watching the way another keep handles their hive tool can teach something if you’re open to it.
    Great post.

  2. Great tip! Love it! My girls hate vibrations from the staple gun, and the ability to clear out the entrance is awesome. Thanks for sharing that brilliant idea!

  3. For beekeepers who wrap their hives in roofing felt, I suppose tacks could work for that as well. The first time I stapled felt around one of my hives, the bees came pouring out. Extra large but regular flat tacks would probably do the trick. Just push them in hard. It would take more work to remove them, but you only have to remove them once anyway, so no biggy. I’m just speculating here.

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