Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Screened Porch
Do you want to enjoy your backyard without dousing yourself in insect repellent beforehand? It's possible with the help of a well-built screened-in porch in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. If you've bug-proofed your screen room but still find bugs in your porch, it’s likely a problem with its construction. These are the most common problem areas and how to prevent them or otherwise fix them.
1. The Door needs to be installed properly to keep out bugs.
When you open your door, there’s always a chance that a bug or two might seize the opportunity to sneak in, but when it’s closed, it should provide a tight seal. If not, it wasn’t properly installed initially. A professional can help make the adjustments required.
2. Use the right porch screening system for your porch.
In the past, the way to install a screen was by stapling it, but this system doesn’t provide a complete seal and also make repairs more difficult. A system like Screen-Eze uses a two-piece system with a metal track. The metal attaches tight to the post, and then a rubber gasket snaps on over the top of it. The result is 365 degree contact – a perfect seal. As the gasket goes on, it pulls the screen down 1/4" inch all the way around, so the screen is pulled extremely tight. If you have a system that relies on staples and it is in need of repair, consider upgrading to a new system instead.
3. Cover the area under the deck.
If you’re using traditional decking, you’ll have 1/8” or 1/4” gaps between the boards, a perfect entryway for bugs. A screen under the deck can easily be added during the construction process by laying the fabric down on top of the joists before placing the deck boards on top. But if you have an existing porch with this issue, there’s still something you can do: install individual screen panels between the joists.
4. Check the soffit area.
This area is the underside of your roof eave located under the gutter. If you have a vented soffit, it can allow bugs in through those holes. This problem can be fixed by screening soffit areas around your deck.
Not sure what your problem is? It may be time to call in a professional who can help identify any possible issues that may be allowing the bugs to enter.