Best Practices to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

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James Moylan

Monday, April 13, 2020

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Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Screened Porch

Ah, enjoying your backyard without having to shower in insect repellent.  What a concept.  It is possible to do this with the help of a well-built screened 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 construction. Design Builders breaks down the most common problem areas and how you can fix them.

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1. Is the Door Properly Installed?

When you open your door, there’s always a chance that a bug or two might sneak in.  However, when it’s closed, it should provide a tight seal. If you see a crack, so do the bugs.  Make sure the lock is closing properly, and lined up.  Is the door frame square or is the door hitting part of the frame when you try to close it ?   This one might require a professional to come in and fix the door frame. 


2. Is Your Screening System Failing?

In the past, the way to install a screen was by stapling it.  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 result is 365 degree contact – a perfect seal.  If you have a system that relies on staples and it is in need of repair, consider upgrading to a new system instead.  We now install retractable screening systems that can turn your porch into an open air pavilion with the flip of a switch. 

3. Are They Coming from Underneath?

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. Another option is to install individual screen panels between the joists.

4. The Sneaky Spot: The Soffit Area

This area is the underside of your roof 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.


If you try or check all these issues and you are still having bug problems, it might be time to bring in a professional. Just go in knowing these four possibilities, and you will be better informed and ready to deal with them. Design Builders is happy to speak with you anytime.