Gazebos: Then and Now For thousands of years, gazebos have provided shade and shelter for those of us who enjoy the peace and solitude nature has to offer. We see them in town squares, in beautiful gardens, and on the banks of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Gazebos serve as a private getaway to sit and relax while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. A History of Gazebos Five thousand years ago the Egyptians built the first garden gazebos to support grapevines for wine and raisins. They believed that gazebos and gardens were their earthly paradises [...]
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How to Cope With Pollen in Porches and Gazebos Do you, like me, come home every day to insane amounts of pollen, covering your picnic table or outdoor space? Spring is just starting and I want to enjoy my patio every day, but my kids have such bad allergic reactions to ragweed that I can’t just leave the pollen there to blow away on its own. So I feel like I’m constantly cleaning. True, it’s the season for spring cleaning, but there there has to be a better way to protect against the constant dust and irritants [...]
Mosquito Enclosures For Decks If biting insects are keeping you from enjoying your deck, consider these solutions available to you. We want to help you navigate these alternatives so that you don’t waste your money on poor quality products. Insect deck enclosures require some overhead structure to hang mosquito netting. It can be as simple as an umbrella, pergola, awning, or even a temporary frame made of 2-3” PVC. Alternatively, it can be more complicated, like building a screen room or at least a covered roof. In addition, there are other solutions like chemical spraying or strategically [...]
Where Is The Mosquito Capitol? Why Do Mosquitoes Seem More Intense In Northern Climates? When you think of mosquitoes, you typically think of warm muggy climates common in southern states. But ask anyone north of Ohio and they will describe concentrated swarms of mosquitoes that would send even Lewis & Clark indoors. If you’ve ever heard that whirring high pitched whine of a mosquito, you know just how aggravating they can be. Many of our clients claimed that they lived in the mosquito capital of the world… so we did a little research. Mosquito Curtains Inc. makes [...]
Is Your Porch Too Beautiful To Screen? Take a walk down the streets of any historic neighborhood and it is easy to see the allure of a grand old porch. Each genre of architecture has its own unique way of celebrating this inviting sanctuary that links the home with the surroundings of outdoor life. Sadly, a charming porch will often remain vacant during mosquito season as homeowners are reluctant to destroy its lovely character with permanent screening. “This is exactly the dilemma we faced,” says Kurt Jordan of Mosquito Curtains Inc., “I wasn’t about to spend thousands [...]
Finally, A New Storm Proof Screening? As the storm season has finally passed, many Floridians are reluctant to spend thousands of dollars replacing screen enclosures that have taken a pounding. In the attempt to regain normalcy, many are finding it difficult to find professionals to replace damaged screens as contractors focus on, the more lucrative, new installations. Frustrated, many home owners are turning to Mosquito Curtains as an alternative to permanent screening. Mosquito Curtains were developed as an elegant, yet inexpensive, alternative to permanent patio screening. Originally marketed to northern upscale homes, the curtains compliment porches [...]
Why Do Mosquitoes Seem More Intense In Northern Climates? If you've ever heard that whirring high pitched whine of a mosquito, you know just how aggrevating they can be. Many of our clients claimed that they lived in the mosquito capital of the world... so we did a little research. Mosquito Curtains Inc. makes mosquito netting curtains as alternative to permanent screen porch enclosures. The owner says, "We were surprised to find that sales were highest in northern states." Based in Atlanta, we thought we lived in Mosquito-land, yet more than a half dozen northern states and Canada [...]
Air Lines Explore Screen Doors On Aircraft A little known fact to many fliers is that certain countries require that aircraft cabins be sprayed with pesticides between flights. Most of the time the spraying is done just prior to boarding, however don’t be surprised if a flight attendant walks down the aisle waving a can of aerosol while you are already seated. While the airlines make every effort to use safe products, patrons and crews understandably bristle at the thought of pesticide exposure and health officials are looking for an alternative solution. When the aircraft is [...]
A New Mulligan Blocker For Golf Course Residents “I live on the 17th fairway of an Ohio country club and am tired of replacing my torn porch screening every other season because of errant golfers. I’d rip the whole thing out, but then, golf balls would be bouncing off my family and through the windows of my home. Sound familiar? Golf course residents that have paid handsomely for that front row view often find themselves one “Slice” away from damage or danger. "We never anticipated that we would receive such a consistent stream of calls for [...]
Summary Of Mosquito Protection Ideas A front porch is like a warm embrace inviting visitors into the heart of the home. It is where we share a balmy evening dinner with friends, where a porch swing beckons a first kiss, or where a boy might share his sad day with a puppy. However, the peace is shattered when we hear that familiar high-pitched buzz of persistent mosquitoes. We’ve spent so much effort adorning our lovely open porches and when we refuse the eye-sore of permanent screening, we ask, “What else can we do to protect ourselves [...]