Using paint strainer bags against Citrus Leaf Miner?
I have a one gallon paint strainer mesh bag and am thinking it could be used to keep CLM away from young citrus leaf flushes. I measured the mesh opening at 1/32" and the CLM moth is around 2mm in length (about 1/16"). This bag is about 10" long and 9" wide. You can also buy 2 and 5 gallon size bags, the cost is between $1-2 apiece, less than $1 if you buy more than 20.
Has anyone tried using these mesh bags? I'd like to know if the opening is small enough to keep out the CLM moths. And how many days does it take a young citrus leaf to develop a surface tough enough to discourage leaf miners?
If this works it would be very useful on small young trees. I've read that after a citrus tree is four years old the CLM can't create enough damage to harm the trees development.