I know, this again. Please bear with me.
I have not seen this wire vendor mentioned, and wire size can make a pretty noticible difference.
I want to make sure I have the best SBB screen possible at the start. I have someone willing to build these.
If it catches more beetles, it is worth the additional, particularly since I am slammed on shipping either way.
So....Plain hardware cloth has about a .017 wire diameter.
So, opening sizes would be, respectively
#8 .108 in
#7 .126 in
#6 .149 in
Here is a source for #6 aluminum cloth with a larger wire size of.035, more than double the regular wire diameter, which gives an opening size of .131...quite close to the #7.
Interestlingly, this is the only product in their line that mentions SHB specifically.
"6 wires per inch. Sturdy mesh used in grills, fan guards, small hive beetle traps, and as filter support screen. Cuts with tin snips. Scroll down to see pricing."
Is this a better option than #8 regular / galvanized. We have no winter here, and its Club Med for beetles.
yes, it is expensive, but everything is here.....