Controlling Dryer Lint Outside

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I have a relatively new dryer (less than 2 years old) and it allows a lot of lint and hair to bypass the lint trap and exhaust outside.  I have a short vent, as the dryer sits against an outside wall and the dryer vent pops directly through the wall.  My problem is the vent sits about one foot above our wood deck so all the lint/hair makes a mess of the deck.  I thought about putting some type of extension on the vent to direct the vent undeneath the deck, but the problem is I have a basement window right under it.  We have a "look-out" basement and the set of windows right below the vent belong to my daughter's bedroom.  If I direct the vent down I am afraid the lint/hair will make a mess of the window/screen or collect all over the underside of the deck.  If I extend the vent sideways to clear the deck, I would need to use a sharp 90-degree bend and run it about 8 feet to clear the deck.

Is there any way to have some type of secondary trap outside to capture and control the lint.

Oh, and with three girls we do A LOT of laundry.