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Keeping Bugs off the Windows

Posted by on June 19th, 2013

Full disclosure:  All the windows on the first floor of our home have temporary shades.  In case you were keeping count, that’s three years we’ve been here.  I guess it’s not too bad, since they’re fabric.  We still intend to replace them with something of a slightly higher quality.  In our kitchen and family room, we’re leaning toward building some plantation shutters.  Who knows when that will happen though.

The garage, on the other hand is a different story all together. The temporary shades in there are paper and they’ve taken a beating over the last few years.  The worst is the bugs.  They all seem to clamor around the windows and end up either dying on the sill or getting latched onto the shades.  I’ve cleaned them up in the past, but it’s not the type of maintenance I want to do on a regular basis, if you know what I mean.  The drywall sill is even at the point we’re I’m going to have to touch up the paint.  This is one of the few downsides of living on a wooded lot.  Great privacy… tons of bugs.

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So what are we going to do about it?  Good question.  I’d like to come up with a sort of screen that’ll allow me to put a nice fabric window shade against the glass yet will be tight enough to keep the bugs out.  I’m thinking of either making it out of actual screen material or something transparent, like a clear plastic.  Ideally, the window will be nearly flush with the rest of the garage wall and bugs won’t have a ledge to land on.  Moreover, I’d like it to be semi-permanent in case we want to add an electric candle light during the Christmas season.

Really, any option will be better than the bug graveyard we have going on.

So that’s probably what I’m going to be working on this weekend.  That and theme coding.

Have any bug quandaries?  Any suggestions?

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  • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

    I'm very interested to see what you come up with because bugs in the home are the worst! Last night, there was a mosquito flying around Joe and I and I spent most of the evening trying get it out (I didn't succeed). I'm still paranoid about it.

    • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com John_OHFScratch

      You're right. Flies in the house are awful. We get these huge house flies that drive us crazy.

  • http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com Ainhoa@ALittleBite

    We don't have a lot of bugs, thankfully.
    I love plantation shutters, you should do that! It's too bad that they can be so expensive.

  • http://www.firsthomedreams.com AshleyLynnFHD

    When we first moved into our old house it was full of CLUSTER FLIES. Our first night there, we spent a half an hour before bed vaccuuming up as many of the little buggers as we could. So gross.