Pollen Window Screen
The most common type of window screen is the one made from glass or plastic. These types are usually called “pollen” screens because they trap airborne particles such as pollen, dust, dirt, pet dander and other airborne irritants. They may also contain chemicals that act like insecticides to kill insects and mites that might otherwise get inside your home. Some types of screens work better than others at keeping these airborne irritants out of your house.
In general, the bigger the screen, the better it works. Smaller screens will not stop all airborne irritants, but they will reduce them significantly. If you have children or pets, then smaller screens are probably best since small particles tend to stay closer to their bodies when they breathe in pollen and dust. However, if you don’t mind having some airborne irritants in your house (and who doesn’t?) then larger screens might be fine too.
There are two main types of screens: those that block pollen and those that block dust. Pesticides are another kind of material used to make these screens. There are many different kinds of screens, so which ones you choose depends on what you want to accomplish. For example, if you’re trying to prevent allergens such as dust mite bites or pollen allergies, then filters with a high concentration of these materials would be ideal. The higher the concentration, the more effective the screen.
The effectiveness of these types of screens in preventing dust mite bites and pollen allergies has yet to be studied, so don’t take my word for it. However, these screens do make good dust filters. They’re also easy on the eyes and aesthetically pleasing to look at. However, the downside to this type of screen is that they are opaque and block a substantial amount of sunlight, which plants need in order to grow.
A lot of people plant window flowers and herbs on their windowsills, so this might not be the best choice if you’re trying to grow plants. If you’re just using your screens as a dust filter, then go ahead and use these types. If you want something that looks good but still lets in some sunlight, try one of the other types of screens.
There are many different kinds of insecticide screens. Which one you use depends on what types of insects you want to keep out. Some screens are designed to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside, some are designed to prevent biting flies from getting inside, some keep out roaches and other crawling insects, etc. Each type works a little differently, so if you have a particular insect that you need to keep out, then read the packaging or do an internet search to see which ones work best for that particular insect.
In general, insecticide screens don’t look as nice as regular screens and they can add visual clutter to a window that’s already covered with framed pictures and posters. If you have the time, try shopping around to see which screen blends in the best. Whichever one you choose, keep in mind that insecticide screens are also somewhat porous. This means that they’re not going to be 100% effective at keeping out every single insect or spider. The smaller they are, the more likely they’ll be able to fly or crawl in.
This is normal and to be expected.
Check your local hardware store, big box store, or nursery to see if they have any in stock. If not, try looking online. If you already know what kind you want and you can’t find it anywhere, then try making one yourself! All you really need is some screen material and some wooden dowel. For the screen material, use something thin but tough.
I’ve seen people use old cloth dish towels for this. The wooden dowel is just a long, skinny piece of wood that you’ll be able to fit through your window track.
First, measure the width and length of your window. Then, cut the wooden dowel so that it’s a couple inches longer than the width of your window. Next, take your screen material and cut the length to be a couple inches longer than the width of your window. Now, you should have two pieces of wooden dowel and two pieces of screen material that are all the same size.
Assemble them by placing one piece of screen material onto the wooden dowel and then wrapping the other piece of screen material around the wooden dowel so that it overlaps itself by half an inch to create a seam.
After that, place the other piece of wooden dowel into the open side of the overlapping screen material so that it creates a tight seam around both pieces of wooden dowel. This is what your finished product should look like:
Now, just slide your homemade mosquito netting onto the window track and you’re finished! Remember to regularly check it for holes to make sure that no insects are getting inside.
Good luck and enjoy your sweat-free nights!
For those of you who are more industrious, ambitious, or just plain curious, here’s a quick guide to making your own homemade screens.
Most of the time when we think of window screens, we think of the mesh-like material that keeps out insects and lets in air. But there are other materials that work just as well. Here are some ideas to get you started…
While you’re probably familiar with screen doors and window screens, have you ever seen or used one of these?
A wire mesh can also be used as window screens. Commonly seen on storm windows, this woven metal mesh is perfect for keeping out bugs and letting in fresh air.
Since the holes are much smaller than the average mosquito, it’s a very effective and cheap solution to keeping them out.
Just keep in mind that if your house is old enough, it might be wired for electricity. In that case, you’ll want to skip this idea and move on to the next one…
We’re all familiar with plastic sheeting. You might remember this as the stuff that mom used to cover your bedroom when you had the flu back in the day.
The more expensive kind is actually pretty effective at keeping out mosquitoes and other flying insects without letting in too much light. As an added bonus, it’s extremely cheap to purchase at any hardware store.
Watch out though, since it’s not very breathable material which is why you might wake up drenched in sweat some nights!
In any case, it’s still better than getting eaten alive so it’s a great solution for those on a budget. You can even try painting the outside of your house with special anti-insect paints that will keep them away. Of course, this might not be the best solution if you live in a brick house since they tend to retain heat and make your utility bills skyrocket.
All in all, it’s your choice how you want to proceed with keeping those nasty mosquitoes away but always remember to keep your windows closed and curtains shut whenever possible so that they don’t get inside in the first place!
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THE BACHELORETTE PARTY IN THE JUNGLE
It was a Saturday night in Atlantic City and I had just broken up with my girlfirend of 2 years. I was devastated. This had been my first serious relationship andI didn’t know what I was going to do without her. Sure, we had our problems at times, but we still loved each other and I thought we would eventually get married.
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