Keep Out Bugs by Screening the Underside of a Porch
LESLIE: Terri in South Carolina is dealing with an issue on a screened-in porch. Tell us what’s going on?
TERRI: Hey, Leslie. We have a porch that was built around an original deck; so it has the basic kind of 2×4-style decking on the floor.
TERRI: But there are little gaps in that floor and so, even though the screens have been replaced around the walls of the screened porch and that’s all tight, I think maybe bugs are still coming in through the cracks in the floor. Is that possible?
TERRI: As far as flies and mosquitoes and those things; so you don’t want to be out there.
TOM: Yeah, sure. Yeah, sure. Entirely possible. Is there a skirting around the outskirts of the deck? I mean could you put some screening there?
TERRI: There is on one side but there is one side that’s open.
TOM: It’s completely roofed?
TERRI: Yeah, it’s completely roofed.
TOM: Well then I don’t see why you couldn’t put screening on the underside of the deck, if you can get under there. You know, if it wasn’t roofed and you were getting a lot of grit and grime in there, I might be concerned about the screening sort of holding the dirt but…
TERRI: You know, I had thought of that and I kind of wondered the same thing because we do have dogs that go in and out.
TERRI: You know, that’s their door to the outside is through that porch.
TOM: Well, why don’t you put it on the underside of the floor joists? This way it’s not pressed up against the underside of the deck board itself.
TERRI: Oh, yeah. So there’s a gap.
TOM: Right, exactly.
TERRI: So like if dog, you know, drivel off of their feet and maybe food crumbs or something falls in between there, it goes down where you can’t see it.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Right. Exactly.
TERRI: Awesome. That’s a great suggestion.
TOM: Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.