Rainscreen full of bugs
I’ve got a building with horizontal cedar siding over 1″ furring strips. The vent space at the bottom of the wall is protected by stainless screening to keep the critters out. Unfortunately, it also seems to keep them in. It’s ladybugs mostly. It’s impossible to keep them out, and they either freeze to death in the winter, or can’t escape. If the mesh size had been larger, they could be vacuumed out, although wasps would gain entry and may clog the space with nests.
Pulling the mesh out and replacing it would be difficult, as it is nailed to the wall behind the furring strips.
My not so good options are to take the lower course of siding off every several years for a clean out, puncture the mesh with an appropriately sized awl to allow insect exit/entry or just accept that the walls are slowly going to fill with exoskeletons.
Would appreciate any ideas.
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