More pollen is stripped off by the mesh on an omf than a standard mouse guard!I was wondering just how much of a problem the pollen stripping is - on my National I've fitted a standard metal mouse guard and spent some time watching the girls fly in with pollen on the weekend and didn't see any stipped off. Not to say it never happens, but do others think the problem that severe?
To answer the question, yes, national fitted as above, and WBC left with slider closed that has little entrances the bees can walk through.
I have just fitted one metal strip with drilled holes. But they have been nicely deburred and I was careful to line the holes up with the entrance. Took a bit longer, but it is an easy transition for the bees.More pollen is stripped off by the mesh on an omf than a standard mouse guard!
Give each hive a good thump !Hi,
I just realised that I have forgotten to fix the mouse guards on my hives. We have had frost and I've not seen the bees flying for a while. The sun was trying to get out on Sunday and I saw one bee thinking about stretching her wings, but she changed her mind.
Anyway -am I too late to fix a mouse guard on now? Is there any way to tell if a mouse has already moved on? I don't want to trap one on there. I have open mesh floors - perhaps they would not be nice for mice? I do have entrance reducers on - however would imagine a mouse could squeeze through.
I do have to open up one of the hives this weekend and give them some newly acquired bako's white fondant. It was only £9 for 12.5 kg and saves me stressing about getting the candy just right! ( Late swarm - no stores ) I diverse. However would like to get in and out with least disturbance possible.