bat-imageIn a previous blog post, we touched on the importance of protecting yourself from bloodborne illnesses that are carried by mosquitoes. While mosquito season is winding down, it’s important to stay vigilant to protect yourself, and your family, from diseases like Zika virus, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. We talked about how there are some things you can do in order to protect your family, bats can actually be one of your biggest defense weapons in conjunction with your screened in deck.

FloridaHealth.gov Recommendations

One of the top recommenedations by FloridaHealth.gov is to utilize screened in outdoor spaces. Your screened in deck or patio is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while keeping the biting bugs at bay. Additionally, they recommend that you keep your screens properly maintained and in good repair. Don’t let that torn screen door wait when you can have the screen repaired.

Install Bat Boxes in Your Yard

Florida has 13 species of bats present across the state, and each and every species eats insects. There has been a rise in the use of bat boxes in individual’s backyards to help reduce mosquito populations. A small bat box can cost as little as 20 dollars and house up to 25 bats that can eat over 20,000 insects in a single night. You can also enjoy watching these flying mammals at dusk swoop and dive for dinner from the comfort of your screened in deck after you install your own bat box.

Let Central Florida Screens be your go-to team for any screen repair needs or if you are looking to have your own screened in deck installed at your home. Keep your family safe from Zika with the high quality screens from Central Florida Screens. Call us today!