- Feb 15, 2015
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Hi Beeno, I won’t be putting them back as I don’t want the hard earned pollen to be lost on entry to the hive. I also think the danger time for mice to be searching for a warm spot is over. If they haven’t found one yet they’re probably dead after the frosts!Judging by mouse/rat activity around my house a bit premature to remove mouse guards. Hope you put them back! We can still have more "beasts from the east" or north. Found two holes. One in a bank outside my perimeter, first smoked then filled in. No activity noticed. Then one in very slight slope in my lawn! Looks like moss has been collected as nest material. My other half said he saw a mouse nose. Put a mouse trap encased in a cold frame over the hole, but no mouse caught. Will dig it up today to see what we find. It is quite a big hole about 7cm in diameter. Would that be a rat rather than a mouse?
I have quite a lot of bank voles and field voles around my garden and they emerge from under my concrete paths for the suet niblets we feed the birds with. Could that be what your mouse friend is? I like voles as they are top of the menu for owls.
A 7 cm hole could well be ratticus as that’s a fairly large entrance hole. That’s the one I would be more concerned with.
I pretty much let them get on with things though and only bother when they have parties in my loft after dark.