I went out to check my hives last night after a couple of days of nice weather, and there were tons of dead bees out front. I grabbed a flashlight to look into the hives to make sure the clusters were still intact, and on my fourth hive, instead of seeing the bottom of the cluster, I saw two eyes peering back at me
.....there was a mouse in the house! I pulled the reducer to try to sweep it out with a stick, but it must have chewed a passage up into the frames. So, I grabbed a mouse trap from the barn and baited it with some peanut butter, set it on the porch and waited. Within 30 minutes, I had my mouse....and learned my lesson....keep those entrances tight, even during nice Spring weather.
My questions is: with the weather at 45-55 degrees F, is it ok to open it up and assess the damage, and maybe move around some honey frames, or am I better off leaving them till spring?