Every Summer, I like having the windows open in my house. The problem is that if there is a light on, small flies and gnats always come in through the window screen as they are drawn to the light. I think that the flies are smaller than the holes in the screen. Does anyone know if there is a window screen to prevent them from coming in?

  • Yes, there are fine mesh screens. Hardware stores in your area should have screen fabric fine enough to keep out the local bugs. If not, you can find screen fabric online that goes down to almost microscopic openings if you're willing to pay the price. Or consider a different approach. Use two closely placed layers of larger mesh and electrify them. Then you'll have the satisfaction of hearing every one of the little bastards get fried. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 23:09
  • Great post. Any ideas for how fine it needs to be? Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 23:53
  • @fixer1234, answers go down there.
    – isherwood
    Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 0:25

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Bugs come in a lot of sizes, so unless you measure the bodies of the ones that get through in your area, it's hard to give you a specific size. In general, though, screen fabric comes in a few nominal meshes intended to handle the typical-sized bugs.

I would start by just seeing if your screens are coarser than the "fine" mesh sold in your area. Measure the holes or count the "threads per inch". Compare that to the finest mesh they sell at the local store. If you use threads per inch, be sure to compare against similar weight screening because different diameter wire or filament will have different gaps between them for the same count per inch.

If the finest they sell has a substantially smaller opening, I would just assume that it's fine enough. If you already have what's considered a fine mesh, you may need to do some research, like measuring bug bodies, or finding out what insect the local pest actually is and how small they are.

If you need openings smaller than the fine mesh sold in your area, you can get screen fabric online that goes down to almost microscopic size. Some very fine mesh fabric is available for window screens. The super-fine mesh is typically used for purposes other than keeping bugs out of your house, and can get expensive.

  • I recommend starting with a 17x17/sq.inch fibreglass mesh (a size used in Western Canada) as a start. You may choose to look at mesh sizes smaller than that if the gnats would still pose issues.
    – AnonyTech
    Commented Sep 28, 2018 at 21:11

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