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Michael Dreyer
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Three nice mice occupied my TBH Reply with quote

Dear friends,
Just have checked my TBHs. Sadly 2 colonies have died. On opening one I scared three nice mice sitting in the nest they had build. Unfortunately the whole TBH was smelling strongly from the mouse urine and fecals. My question how to clean up (using my gas burner?) and if so can I reuse the TBH and will the bees accept it despite the smell? Regards Michael
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michael

I have no experience of this, but bumblebees LOVE the smell of mouse urine. They often nest in used mouse nests. In parts of Africa human urine is used to bait a hive with great success.

I'd clean out the hive the same as usual, scorching the wood if you're not certain why the colony died. I don't think the smell would be a problem, maybe even a benefit.

Maybe set it as a bait hive and let know if it's successful? It could be the start of mouse rearing by beekeepers!

John
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