STUF-FIT Copper Mesh - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Roger from Alachua, Florida
    08/09/2011
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    What can I use to kill lizards around our front door that are waiting to get inside?
    These lizards are small to medium and they turn a light cream color to match our house. They are found around the entrance of our front door; like above our heads on the ceiling covered porch, on the outside door frame and walls.
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    There are no toxic products labeled for lizards, geckos or any reptiles or amphibians, and given the highly beneficial nature of these creatures there is not likely to be any products for them any time soon.The reason they are on your property is because they can find food and harborage. Take away their food and they will forage somewhere else. Take away the conditions they need for hiding and they will seek refuge someplace else.

    You really have two options here:

    1.Exclusion. Total exclusion can be hard to achieve particularly around the roof-line where there are going to be gaps that would be very hard to close off, but there also could be some obvious flaws such as broken vent screens, holes around cables, pipes or wires, or gaps under doors. All of these can easily be closed with brush strips, caulking, copper mesh (Stuf-fit), or some other suitable material. Exclusion is the best choice, because it is permanent, and eliminates or reduces the problem in the future too.

    2.Outdoor habitat modification. In short get rid of the reasons lizards are there in the first place. They are there because they are finding the food they need to survive (insects) and a place to harbor. If you can eliminate either of these essentials, you can get rid of the lizards. Spray a good residual insecticide such as Cyper WSP around the outside of your home to help cut down on the number of insects the lizards are eating. If lizards cannot find enough food they will either move on or starve. Eliminate as much clutter and debris around the outside of your home as possible to eliminate the places lizards like to hide. Rake back mulch or rocks at least 6 inches from the structure

     

    If you need to get rid of the lizards that are already indoors the only options are catching them by hand or using glueboards placed in areas where the lizards travel.

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  • Asked by Debbie
    02/01/2011
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    Is the Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh pure copper or copper coated steel?
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    The Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh is indeed all copper and it does not contain any steel.
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  • Asked by Shuster's
    01/13/2011
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    What is Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh used for exactly?
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    The Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh  is used to close openings that rodents can get into.  It is usually used with expanding foam. Typically, if you close an opening around a pipe or wire with just expanding foam, the rodents will eat through it. If you place Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh in the hole first and then use expanding foam, the foam will encase the mesh. Then if rodents try to chew through the foam, they will ingest the tiny shards of the mesh and it will kill the rodents. You can easily cut the Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh with a pair of scissors to fit any sized opening.


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  • Asked by Shirley from Martinez, Ca
    08/22/2011
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    Do I need to cement after I use Stuff-it mesh?
    I have gaps between my house siding and foundation. To prevent rats from entering my house, do I need to apply a sealant(cement) after I use Stuff-It.? Or will using Stuff-it be enough and how long does the product last?
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    Stuff-it alone in cracks and areas where there are gaps is usually not enough to deter rodents since they can easily pull it out.  You should either cement the stuffit in place or typically you would at least use an expandable foam in the crack or gap which will hold the stuff-it in place and prevent it from easily being pulled out.
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  • Asked by Dom from Lecanto Florida
    01/18/2012
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    How much does the 20 foot roll weigh please?
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    A 20 ft roll of the Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh weighs approximately .50 lb.
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  • Asked by Blair from Austin, Tx
    05/31/2012
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    How much Stuff-fit Copper Mesh do I stuff into a weep hole?
    I want to eliminate weep holes in brick facing as a vector for insects (ants, wasps, scorpions, etc.)
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    There is not a specific amount of Stuf-Fit copper mesh that you need to use. You will just take a small amount of the mesh, wad it up and push it into each hole. The exact amount will vary depending on the size of the hole. You want the mesh to have a tight fit into the hole so that it can not be bypassed or pushed out by insects or other small animals.
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  • Asked by Alan
    12/22/2014
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    How to cut the copper mesh?
    Can this be cut with scissors?
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    STUF-FIT Copper Mesh can be cut with household scissors. We recommend to place tape on either side of where you are cutting. This will minimize the small pieces of copper that could flake.
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  • Asked by Brian from Minneapolis, Mn
    04/13/2014
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    How to prevent mice from entering house through weather head?
    Mice seem to be entering my house through the basement where the electrical service comes in. I checked the outside of the house and everything seems sealed really well, except where the electrical wires enter the house, I think it's called a weatherhead? That has 5 holes and only 2 or 3 of them have wires going in. None of them are sealed and they seem plenty big for a mouse to enter the house through. What can I do to seal these up?
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    The STUF-FIT copper mesh is used to close openings that rodents can get into.  It is usually used with expanding foam. Typically, if you close an opening around a pipe or wire with just expanding foam, the rodents will eat through it. If you place STUF-FIT copper mesh in the hole first and then use expanding foam, the foam will encase the STUF-FIT. Then if rodents try to chew through the foam, they will ingest the tiny shards of STUF-FIT and it will kill the rodents.

    You can easily cut the STUF-FIT with a pair of scissors to fit any sized opening

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  • Asked by An
    11/19/2010
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    What is the width of Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh?
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    The Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh is 6 inches wide.
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  • Asked by Ashan from Yonkers, Ny
    01/06/2018
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    Is it safe to use STUF-FIT Copper Mesh around a heater pipe and wires (for my water main)?
    Hi, there is an area in my den where the water main comes in to. There is also the pipe in this space running into the baseboard (which obviously gets hot). Can I use copper mesh in there or will it get too hot if it’s on the pipe and ultimately burn or cause anything in this space to burn (Sheetrock, etc)? Thanks
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    Yes, STUF-FIT Copper Mesh can safely be used in this type of area. 

     

     

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  • Asked by Brook from Burnaby, Bc
    01/04/2018
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    Is Stuf-fit safe to use near heat sources?
    I would like to stuff a hole that's right above my wall heater pipe and I am worried that it may catch fire. There aren't any wires, the pipe just gets hot. Am I just being paranoid?
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    STUF-FIT Copper Mesh is designed to be fill holes in areas such as holes in attic walls around copper pipes and heat would not be an issue.

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  • Asked by Gary from Louisville Ky 40228
    03/21/2014
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    I need to fill a large void 9"x9"x12" tightly packed. How much of STUF-FIT Copper Mesh do I need?
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    Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh works best in holes and cracks around 2 inches in diameter. Larger holes should be repaired and sealed permanently. Each roll is 6 inches wide, double folded and comes in either 20 ft. or 100 ft. long rolls.
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  • Asked by Susan from George West, Tx
    12/05/2016
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    Can STUF-IT Copper Mesh be used under the bottom edge of lap siding where it meets the slab foundation?
    To keep out mice, geckos, etc.
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    Yes, STUF_FIT Copper Mesh would be a great product for that application. It is a copper mesh wool material that is rust-proof and stain-proof. Stuff it into openings around pipes or other holes and cracks in the structure and keep rats, mice, birds, and other wildlife out. 

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  • Asked by Roy from New Kingston Ny
    10/09/2013
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    I find mice in the mobile home upon arrival (in traps). How can I keep them out?
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    What type of traps are you using? Are you catching the mice in the traps?

    Mice can enter homes and other structures through openings as small as ¼ inch. They may also enter through ill-fitted doors, windows, or screens, and air vents that are not in sound or working order. While you will not reasonably be able to compensate for every possible entry, you can greatly reduce the ease of entry for mice (and thereby, reduce the population size) by taking the following measures:
    • Seal any openings ¼ inch or larger with caulk, wood, mesh, or other appropriate materials
    • Floor drains and sewer pipes should have tight-fitting grates with openings less than 1/4 inch in diameter.
    • Make sure that all doors, windows and screens fit tightly in their frames and repair those that do not. (It might also prove helpful to cover edges of screens with sheet metal to prevent rats from gnawing around them.)
    Sanitation is probably the most important measure of prevention and control in combating any pest or rodent problem. While good sanitation will not eliminate hosue mice, poor sanitation will certainly attract them and allow them to thrive in great numbers. Remember that the house mouse must have access to a ready supply of food, water, and nesting materials to thrive. Sanitation measures should focus primarily on reducing these stores. To reduce house mouse populations, try the following sanitation measures:
    • Store any bulk food items in large metal containers or other airtight containers with tight fitting lids, rather than bags or boxes that can easily be gnawed through.
    • Remove clutter such as paper and cardboard that mice might use to build their nests
    • Remove undesirable vegetation around your home such as grass clippings and weeds
    • Keep dog food or other pet food stored in a Rubbermaid container overnight.

     

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  • Asked by Kelsey from Bremerton Wa
    10/29/2014
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    Where my house meets the block skirting there is a 2" gap behind the siding, mice get in easy need to block.
    The gap changes a bit depending on where around the house perimeter you are. The siding blocks the ability to work on it from anywhere but the crawl space where there is easy access and you can get to the top block skirting that is around our manufactured home. Was wondering if I could put in stuff it loosely then spray foam or if I would be better using hardware cloth strips. Not sure how rigid the copper mesh is (does it hold its own shape?) Not sure if it only deters mice when it is thick?
    A

    Since mice can fit through any opening 1/4 inch in size, using exclusion products is very effective. Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh or Xcluder Single Rolls are able to be cut and and will conform to any opening, crack and crevice around your home and in your crawl space. When also treating your crawl space, you will also want to use the exclusion products around pipes, cables, or structural voids around the house. Cut the material 2 inches wider than the opening, fold to fit into opening as best you can. Then using a blunt object such as a screw driver, push the Copper Mesh or Xcluder into the opening till flush or a little bit below.

    Article: How to Rodent Proof your home

    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/how-to-rodentproof-your-home-a-401.html

     

     

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  • Asked by Rachel
    11/16/2016
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    Is STUF-IT Copper Mesh the best way to seal an outlet behind a refrigerator to keep mice out?
    There is a gap of a couple of inches around an outlet that is mounted on the baseboard moulding behind the refrigerator. Is it safe to use copper mesh? Should foam also be used? If so, which foam is appropriate for indoor use in that setting?
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    You could use STUF-IT Copper Mesh around the outlet as long as the product in no way would come in contact with the wiring or the junction box inside as that could be a conduit and would be a fire hazard. We would recommend that you concentrate on the outside of you home in particular so that you are making sure that nothing is getting into the wall void, or has any access to the inside of you home. That is the only way to insure that you are completely covered completely from any mice entering your home.

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  • Asked by Edward
    06/08/2016
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    How long does Stuff-Fit Copper Mesh last?
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    Using STUF-FIT Copper Mesh alone in cracks and areas where there are gaps is usually not enough to deter rodents since they can easily pull it out.  You should either cement the Stuffit in place or typically, you would at least use an expandable foam in the crack or gap which will hold the Stuff-it in place and prevent it from easily being pulled out which would allow it to last indefinitely.

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  • Asked by Luz from Los Angeles Ca
    10/04/2017
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    How wide is the STUF-FIT Copper Mesh?
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    The Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh is 6 inches wide.

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  • Asked by Chris from Georgetown, Ky
    12/09/2015
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    Can I wrap Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh around the outside base of 2x4 walls?
    If I wrap this mesh around the outside base of the 2x4 walls (I plan to build a tack room in my barn) - will that stop the mice from chewing their way in?
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    If you use the Stuf-Fit Copper Mesh as a wrap, the rodents should not be able to chew through it if you use many layers, however, it would be best to use something more permanent, such as a metal baseplate. The copper mesh is intended to be stuffed into small holes, and then it is usually sealed with a hard filler such as expansion foam. We would recommend using rodenticide in tamper-resistant stations around the exterior of the barn to keep rodents out of the area. Our Rodent Baiting Kit contains stations and bait that can be used for rats or mice.

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  • Asked by Diane from Grand Rapids, Mi
    06/30/2015
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    Can STUF-FIT Copper Mesh be used inside a garage door bottom seal that chipmunks have chewed
    Would stuffing copper mesh into the opening at the ends help with the problem of chipmunks chewing up the door seal and getting into the garage?
    A
    Yes, STUF-FIT Copper Mesh can be used in the garage door opening. This product works great as an exclusion against chipmunks, because it is gnaw proof.
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