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Remove mouse guards from the entrance of the hive

IMG_1357Some beekeepers use a solid floorboard in the winter so that cold winds do not blow up into the colony from underneath. If this is the case, then there will probably be a lot of debris covering it, so without disturbing the bees (and two of you doing this), one lifts up the brood chamber and the other swaps the floorboard to a clean open- mesh floor. If you have over-wintered them on an open-mesh floor with an insert in to keep out the drafts, then this all will need to be replaced or cleaned up too. It may be worth checking the debris with a magnifying glass and counting the fallen Varroa mites, pollen mites, moulds and anything else that may be there!

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