Q: What do ducks have with soup?
Another classic soup joke is the one about the restaurant patron who found a fly in his bowl. However, there’s nothing funny about trying to enjoy your outdoor deck when you are besieged by insects. Get rid of bug problems with a few simple tips from UglyDeck.com.
An exterminator can take care of some pests, but can’t stop mosquitoes or flies from congregating whenever you step outside. Thankfully, the Minneapolis deck builders at UglyDeck.com can provide you with a few options that may help to keep your deck bug-free.
• Remove standing water on or near your deck. Even a small can or pot with water is enough to breed mosquitoes. Check gutters and planter boxes for gathered pools.
• Purchase plants that repel mosquitoes. Citronella, rosemary, basil and marigolds are some of the more common and easily found varieties.
• When enjoying a meal on your deck, keep serving dishes covered and trash bins off the deck. Afterward, check for any dropped food and do a quick sweep. This will help deter flies and ants.
• Choose screen rails made from outdoor deck materials. Screen rails enclose your deck, keeping bugs on the outside. You can even keep the upper level of your deck open, and an area underneath fitted with underdecking and screen rails so that you can have an enclosed option for humid or buggy summer days.
If you are looking to build a deck, or planning deck repairs, remember that a maintenance free deck made of composite decking materials resists both water and pests that can affect the structure and durability of wooden decks. A maintenance free deck won’t be subject to damage from termites, carpenter bees, ants or boring beetles. Choosing outdoor decking materials from a supplier like UglyDeck.com is a great way to prevent bugs from the start.
For more information on UglyDeck.com’s deck options and top manufacturers such as Timbertech and Azek, contact the team of professional deck builders at UglyDeck.com or visit their Shakopee showroom to see deck designs firsthand.