- Sep 4, 2019
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- Melbourne, Australia
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Australian mice will thrive wherever they can find shelter and food.Do they live in beehives as well as pigsties ?
It seems that this discussion thread has "opened up a real can of worms". It also highlights, for me, that different climate conditions in various parts of the beekeeping world give rise to a variety of experiences, and methods.
Thank you, Antipodes, for your research and advice. I think that I might adopt a 7mm gap for my future mouse guards. That way I hope that any would-be mouse-intruders get a headache, and the bees will have easy passage into and out of the hive.
The New South Wales Government website you referred to has a lot of interesting information. For example, "Domestic cats have no impact on mouse populations, contrary to popular myth."
Perhaps it will be a surprise to many people that:
"Mice can swim and remain under water for lengthy periods. They can dig, jump upwards at least 30 cm, jump downwards at least 2.5 m without injury and squeeze through openings as small as 8 mm in width. In addition they can climb almost any rough surface, climb upside down and run down ropes and coated electric wires."
Of particular interest to me is that comment "In addition they can climb almost any rough surface, climb upside down".
Thank you, Gilberdyke John for your response #47 in which you told about Staddle Stones. I searched, as you suggested, but got the impression that most (maybe all?) of the images shown had surfaces which were rough enough for mice to be able to climb them easily. Maybe our Australian mice are a tough breed (or need to be) to thrive in our climate.
One thing I am absolutely convinced of is that they do not NEED a warm place to survive our comparatively mild winters. They can do "very well thank you" in any place which is dry and sheltered. I can prove from experience that they can sniff out a food scent, and find that food, from quite a distance. They have greater persistence than I think any of us forum members may have. It is for this reason that I would not be at all confident that a mouse would be unable to climb through a 9mm gap or slot which formed the vertical entrance to a hive.