Mother Nature doesn't always make it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Between the bugs and the rain, you may find yourself trapped inside your own home during the fair-weather months; you know that the second you walk out the door just after dusk, you'll be swarmed by hungry mosquitoes. Instead of coating yourself with bug repellent to enjoy the evenings outdoors, a screen porch may be the perfect solution. Here, you'll find a few things to include in the design of your screen porch to make it as enjoyable as possible.
What's great about a screen porch is that you can catch the sun and turn into power. You won't have to run electricity to your screen porch – at least, not for lighting. There are a number of solar-powered lighting kits that you can install instead.
You'll have several types to choose from whether you want individual lights or strings of lights. Just do some research to find the solar-powered fixtures that will provide you with the amount of lighting that you need for the duration of time that you'll need it. Some solar lights only hold a charge for a few hours while others hold a charge all through the night. Research will be required to find the lights that will meet your needs.
Mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrels are all going to try to make their way into your screen porch. It's important that you prevent them from making your screen porch into your home: If you let them get settled and begin reproducing, the screen porch will sustain a great deal of damage while you work to get the infestation under control.
To prevent the rodents from making your screen porch into their home, set up bait traps outside. You could set traps along the perimeter of your house. If the rodents smell the bait inside, they'll be lured in, eat the poisoned bait, and eventually die.
Another thing to remember is to limit what you store on your screen porch. Do not store your pet's food on the porch; not even their feeding dishes should be kept out there. The smell of pet food will draw the rodents in from neighboring properties, and you'll have quite a problem on your hands before you know it.
For more advice about getting the most use out of your screen porch, talk with the professionals installing it for you. They will have all of the information and advice that you'll need.