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Old 9th October 2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Lately I've been getting lots of lizards (common I think) around my hives. They are tiny and don't cause any problems but they do get in the hives and the bees make short work of them. I've found 3 dried out little bodies so far

They are obviously being attracted to the heat but is there any way I can discourage them for their own safety?
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Old 9th October 2013, 09:49 AM   #2
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I wonder if lizards eat varroa mites?
(Sorry, aberreef, doesn't help with your question).
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Old 9th October 2013, 10:18 AM   #3
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Put a sign up 'lizards beware, enter at your own peril'
In welsh as well of course!
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Old 9th October 2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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Would mouseguards not stop them ?
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Old 9th October 2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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I wonder if lizards eat varroa mites?
(Sorry, aberreef, doesn't help with your question).
They could be the organic answer we've all been looking for. I found it first so I'm watching you lot I'm gonna be rich now to train the bees not to sting them to death when they get in the hives and we're away

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Put a sign up 'lizards beware, enter at your own peril'
In welsh as well of course!
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I wouldn't know what it said myself but the hives are up the top of a mountain so pretty isolated and probably untainted by the English tongue

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Would mouseguards not stop them ?
Sadly no, the lizards are about the diameter of a bee, maybe smaller
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Old 9th October 2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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Are you sure they're lizards and not newts? what's the humidity like inside the hive? just in case, you need a nice breeze flowing through the hive, drill a big hole in the crown board and insert nice big vent grilles in the roof!
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Old 9th October 2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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Are you sure they're lizards and not newts? what's the humidity like inside the hive? just in case, you need a nice breeze flowing through the hive, drill a big hole in the crown board and insert nice big vent grilles in the roof!
How about a few match sticks in the corners 100% lizards and very cute they are too. Some are up on top of the crown board safe and warm but the odd few have made their way inside the hive
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Old 9th October 2013, 07:05 PM   #8
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Perhaps they are Flying Lizzards? They just want honey, that's what they want.


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Old 9th October 2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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Are you sure they're lizards and not newts? what's the humidity like inside the hive? just in case, you need a nice breeze flowing through the hive, drill a big hole in the crown board and insert nice big vent grilles in the roof!
Your trying to wind someone up arnt you?
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Old 9th October 2013, 08:24 PM   #10
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Are you sure they are dead. I found one when putting up a shed in a corner of the garden in the spring. I thought it was dead for sure but thought I would put in in a container in the sun. Within half an hour it was running about. Amazing!!
(Yes I know they are cold blooded which explains why this happened)
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