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Mice in the hive

 
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I have read that mice will kill a hive. Some day I would like to have bees, so I'm learning all I can about them.  On the question of mice in the hive...would it be feasible to keep them away by planting lots of peppermints around it? Bees like mint mice can't breathe around it.  I wonder if anyone has tried it ? How did it work for you? Educate me please!
 
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I have a house with invisible to me mouse access. No amount of mint has discouraged them. Cats have.

As for the bee's house, you might just staple some 1/4 inch hardware cloth over the entrance. Or buy a mouse guard like this one.

 
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We have a huge avocado tree and we are in Cali therefore we have fruit rats. I use VERY STRONG peppermint to the point it bothers me for a few days . I do it every other month it seems to discourage them.
 
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mouse guards and other means of reducing the size of the entrance work well. they're only necessary during the cold season when the bees aren't active. honeybees can easily kill a mouse, so mice aren't going to climb in there when there's a lot of bee traffic.
 
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