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Screened in Porches Make your Outdoor Meal Enjoyable

July 7, 2017

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If you live in Maryland and have ever tried to eat a meal outdoors, whether it’s the middle of the day or late at night, you know how irritating insects can get! Don’t let these invasive critters keep you from enjoying meals in your outdoor living space. Check out these tips for keeping the bugs out:

screened porches make your outdoor meals more enjoyable

Candles & Torches

Citronella is a type of oil that is extracted from citronella grass; and the scent when burned in a candle or tiki torch is a natural bug repellent. Place candles and torches around the perimeter of your porch to halt bugs at their entry point, and be sure to keep the candles covered when they are not in use.

Bird Feeders

You may be asking yourself how adding a feeder will keep pests away rather than drawing them in. Fortunately for us, birds love feasting on bugs, and increasing the presence of birds in your yard can efficiently act as a bug repellent!

Depending on the size of your yard, it is best to set up one or two bird feeders on opposite sides, preferably a good distance away from your porch to ensure that the birds themselves don’t become an annoyance as well.

Porch Screens

Installing screens on your existing or new porch will be your most efficient defense against bugs. An open porch may have its benefits, but it also allows for bugs to both crawl and fly their way into your outdoor dining space whenever they please! This can become very bothersome and affect your comfortability and privacy in your own backyard.

Hiring a professional to install a screen on your existing porch or add one to your new porch design is a no-brainer if you want to get rid of bugs and keep them out! The right Maryland screened porch contractor will install the screens around your entire porch without compromising the beauty of your backyard or functionality of your patio space.

Screen panels can also be added underneath of your porch to keep bugs from entering through gaps in the floorboards, giving you protection at every possible entry point.

North American Deck and Patio, LLC. is your best choice for a Maryland screened-in porch contractor! We have been in business for over 25 years and pride ourselves on helping our customers create and maintain an outdoor living space that is both enjoyable and safe from pests! For more information on our services, or to receive an estimate for your new screened-in porch, get in touch with us today!

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