Just wanting to share the disgusting experience of opening the hives in spring and finding piles of smelly mouse nests and droppings in both hives. The fronts were blocked with a mouse guard but there were tiny chinks at the bottom board. I had a rough year of honey production, but there were beautifully drawn foundations just waiting for this year's bees. Not. Every frame in the brood chambers was chewed up. Did I mention the smell?
Tell me how to better mouse proof my hives. Could removable rope caulk be used around the bottom board and hive body? Also, besides scraping, washing well and airing is any other treatment of the bottom board necessary? Any advice or instructions welcome,