How to Make Bug Screens for Trucks


Installing a bug screen to the bumper of your truck will protect your grille and radiator from damage caused by bugs, stone chips and debris. While you can purchase a custom-made screen from an auto supply store, creating your own bug screen requires only a couple of items from the hardware store and less than an hour of your time.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Roll of aluminum screen
  • Scissors
  • Metal wire
  • Pliers
  • Flashlight
  • Measure the opening of your truck's grille with a tape measure. Cut a piece of aluminum screen using scissors to a size slightly larger than the opening you have measured. Fold the ends of both of the screen's vertical sides about 1/4 inch over to strengthen the screen and make its edges smooth.

  • Pop your vehicle's hood, and insert the screen into the bumper area, behind the grille of the truck. It may take some maneuvering to get the screen in the right position, but don't bend the screen to the point where you cannot smooth it back out once you have it in place.

  • Attach the screen to the back of the truck's grille using metal wire. Cut off pieces of wire using pliers, and run them through holes in the screen and back around the grille. Twist the wire around the grille tightly to hold the screen in place. Tie pieces of metal wire around all areas of the grille so the screen attaches securely all the way across the bumper. Cut off any extra wire protruding from the twists using pliers. Close the hood.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since you must work in a small, dark, enclosed area of your vehicle, have someone shine a flashlight onto the grille of your truck so you can see where you are installing the screen.
  • Hose off the screen periodically to remove any debris that becomes stuck within it.

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