Hardware cloth comes in several different opening sizes and can be used in a variety of applications. The most common specifications are 1/2″ (2 Mesh), 1/4″ (4 Mesh), and 1/8″ (8 Mesh). As an example, 1/2″ mesh is generally used to control and exclude gophers, 1/4″ mesh is generally used to control and exclude mice, and 1/8″ mesh is generally used to exclude bees.
Hardware cloth can also be used for a variety of home and garden projects. It is a superior alternative to chicken wire for us in chicken coops. And it can be used in a variety of fencing or screen applications where an economical mesh is required.