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  1. Lynn hefler
    December 3, 2013

    This year I did keep the mouse mesh on all summer. It didn’t bother the bees and I know I don’t have a mouse in there. After losing mine last year from mice it cost a lot to replace them

    • Phillip
      December 3, 2013

      Yup, that’s my thinking too. Except for maybe cleaning the bottom boards after winter, unless I’m moving a hive to a new location, I see not reason why I can’t keep the mesh on all year. It doesn’t knock the pollen off the bees’ legs. It doesn’t block ventilation. It does nothing to get in the way at all, as far as I see.

  2. Emily
    December 4, 2013

    Sorry to hear this. Some beekeepers do say that the mouse guard can knock pollen off the bees legs and also slow the foragers returning during a nectar flow. But considering how much damage a mouse can wreak these are fairly small cons.

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