March 28, 2016

How to Prevent Squirrels and Rodents From Chewing Through Your Cottage’s Screen Doors and Windows

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It may seem hard to believe, but before you know it, you’ll be heading up to the cottage to open it up for the summer to come. Cottages don’t have to be far from where you reside; in fact, cottage country really isn’t far from the city at all. But getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be a great way to relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

But those lazy days can quickly turn to pesky nuisances when you quickly realize how much squirrels and other rodents manifest their way through your cottage’s screen doors and window screens. In fact, this is a huge problem, and affects many cottage owners. The thing is, screen doors and windows are a necessity with cottages – they’re part and parcel to the openness and fresh air that typically comes with being in the great outdoors. And screen doors and windows help you enjoy that fresh air without being infested with all the bugs and insects that can run rampant.

But rodents can be notorious for making unwanted holes in your screens, leaving the interior of your cottage vulnerable to bugs making their way in. So what can you do about it?

Remove Attractions

You may be inadvertently attracting squirrels to your cottage without even realizing it. For instance, if you’ve got a bird feeder anywhere near your windows and doors, you can be sure that you’ll be drawing in a lot more than just birds. Consider moving these bird feeders, as well as any overhanging branches. And don’t forget that any smells coming from the kitchen — especially baking smells — will entice them to go in through your open windows.

Replace the Window Screens With Heavy-Duty Ones

One effective way to keep these bothersome critters out and prevent them from damaging you screens is to change or reinforce your window screens. Instead of having regular screens installed, consider replacing them with heavy duty pet screens and metal, or add a layer of hardware cloth with 1/2-inch openings. This double-screen tactic can be used for a season, then taken down the next year. By eliminating its entry point, by next summer, the squirrel will hopefully have moved elsewhere.

Call the Experts for Window Screens & Door Screens Installation and Repairs

Whether you’re in need of new screens for your cottage, or repairs and replacement for your main residential property, Doctor Screen’s got you covered. With years of industry experience, we’ve got the know-how and the techniques to ensure proper installation of all screens. And the materials we use are bar-none, which means you can be sure that you’re getting the highest quality screens on the market.

The Doctor is in, and he’s taking house calls! Be sure to get in touch with Doctor Screen today for all your window and door screen needs!