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Pest Proofing, Part 4: Screens- By Kirk Dean

Part 4 of a series on what you can do to keep spiders, insects, and rodents out of your home.

Tip #4: Installing quality screens for doors and windows are a simple & inexpensive way to exclude flying & other insects into your home.

For this blog post, I had to look no further than my own house, my very own sliding glass door for an example. There I was, enjoying a relaxing time in my kitchen, stuffing my face with a cake my wife had made.  The sliding glass door was open, allowing a cool evening breeze to slide through our home, providing a welcome respite from the 90+ degree day.  As I prepared to take another bite, I came face to face with like 6 flies on my cake.  I was upset to say the least, because of 2 reasons.  First:  I own a pest control company in the Boise area.  Second:  I know how often and how quickly a fly can….ahem….go number 2 on a surface (one of the downsides, it seems, to knowing a little about bugs).

I looked around for an open door or window, and I didn’t have to look far, our screen door had a gaping tear.

That, my friends, is how we often let bugs into our homes: Through an open door or window. No pest control program can overcome such direct access to the inside of your house.

Periodically, inspect your screens on your doors and windows to make sure they are in good repair. For repairs or replacement, there are many door and window companies who can help.  But with a little Youtube time, a trip to the hardware store, and a Saturday, you can fix them yourself.  Here is a good link to a video on how to install/repair your own screens:

Here is a do-it-yourself kit that provides everything you need (except the screen) to replace an old screen door:

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Good luck!

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