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What Is Hardware Cloth?

Hardware cloth is a metal mesh material that is used predominantly for pest control screen and fencing. Hardware cloth is cut with tin snips and shaped for specific projects in a home or on a property.

Hardware cloth used in vents to keep pests out of a building

Hardware cloth is a metal mesh material that is used predominantly for pest control screen and fencing.  Hardware cloth is cut with tin snips and shaped for specific projects in a home or on a property.


Types

Hardware cloth is made from galvanized metal or stainless steel.  Stainless steel is more expensive but long-lasting, as it will not rust.


Size

Hardware cloth comes in 1, 2, 3 or 4 mesh or squares per inch.  The 1/4-inch mesh is more flexible than the larger mesh patterns.

The larger mesh product is a sturdy fence material. 


Effects

Hardware cloth prevents rodents and snakes from entering openings in the soffits, chimney and exterior of a building.  Hardware cloth fencing keeps deer, raccoon, gophers and other pests from gardens and flower beds.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.

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