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    Default Mouse guards?

    Is 1/2 inch wire mesh suitable for mouse guards , it looks a little big to me , I am thinking that small mice can set thru.

    So far I haven't been able to find any 3/8 mesh locally , just 1/2 or 1/4(too small).

    Or maybe I should drill some 3/8 or 5/16 holes in the entrance reducer?

    What do you use?

    Any input would be appreciated.

    Jim.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    i have decent success with 1/2" hardware cloth. bend it into a v and shove it in the opening.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    Never used them.
    We try to keep a good cat around here on the farm,keeps the mice down.
    Hard to keep a cat lately 'cause the coyotes are getting them
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    What makes you feel 1/4inch is too small? Warré talks about an opening of slightly smaller than that in Beekeeping for all.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    1/2" has always worked for me, I have never had a mouse get through it.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    I use1/2 inch ,, but when I cut it ,I cut so I have the pointed 1/2 inch wire top and bottom ,, I have 3 full squares then the 1/2 inch of pointed wire ,, I bend the wire just a little so if a mouse trys to get in the wire will poke him and tear his skin up then I push in in place with a putty knife ,, never had a mouse in the hive ,, have had mouse tracks on the door step but they never get in

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    I have always used 1/2 folded to make holes 1/2 wide X 3/8 high. This year I found the perfect material. It is sold at Lowes and home depot. It is aluminum mesh with a diamond hole size of 3/8 X 1/2. It is sold in the cultured stone section and is used to give the mortor something to grip to. It is 5.00 for a 3ft X 8ft pc. I cut it in 2" strips and just staple it over the enterence

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    Well , I will stick with the 1/2 inch if it works for most , thanks all.

    Danno , I have used that stuff doing rockwork before , maybe I will try it as well , thanks.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    I have always used 1/2 folded to make holes 1/2 wide X 3/8 high. This year I found the perfect material. It is sold at Lowes and home depot. It is aluminum mesh with a diamond hole size of 3/8 X 1/2. It is sold in the cultured stone section and is used to give the mortor something to grip to. It is 5.00 for a 3ft X 8ft pc. I cut it in 2" strips and just staple it over the enterence
    Thanks. I found it labeled as plaster lath. Works great - better than the hardware cloth. BTW - it was $9.00 here.

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    danno, are you sure it is aluminum and not galvanized steel? Good idea. John

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    Cuts like galvanized steel to me.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    It is galvanized.

    We use alot of it for stucco and plaster work.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    Why do you need mouse guards? How can the mice get past entrance reducers?

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    Hard to keep a cat lately 'cause the coyotes are getting them
    Get a good dog or five.

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    The sheet I got is definatly aluminum. I checked it with a magnet. It cuts way easier the galvinized expanded metal. I did pay 5 something a 3 X 8 sheet.

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    I found a mouse in one of my empty nucs. The entrance was reduced to 3/8" tall by 3/4" wide.
    1/4" will work after the drones are booted.

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    I have done animal control and pest removal for about 20 years now and can tell you if a mouse can fit his skull through a opening, he's in plus they are rodents and can make a hole alittle larger very quickly. Mouse guards are just cheap insurance

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    Default Re: Mouse guards?

    half inch is too big trust me

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