When the temperatures climb, people enjoy spending more time outdoors. A deck is an outdoor area commonly used for relaxing and entertaining. It should not serve as a battleground for wars with mosquitoes, bees, and other pesky insects. Though it is not possible to rid the area of bugs completely without enclosing it, there are several tactics that will minimize the chances of an insect assault. These will also keep pests away and prevent water damage and rot from occurring, extending the lifetime of the deck.
You will need:
• Composite decking or pressure-treated wood
• Composite or pressure-treated plywood
• Mesh screen panels
• Hanging mesh screens
• Staple gun
• Yellow bug lights
• Insect-repellant candles
• Rocks or soil
Step 1: Use composite decking material or pressure-treated wood to make the deck. These resist bugs and prevent burrowing by nesting insects like termites. Cedar and Cyprus woods are also resistant but their lifespan is not as long.
Step 2: Use a composite or pressure-treated plywood skirt to cover the gap between the ground and the deck. This prevents insects from getting onto the deck through its floorboards.
Step 3: If the deck is high enough to permit access from underneath, crawl under and staple mesh screen to the underside of the floorboards. This mesh keeps insects from crawling up through the floor of the deck.
Step 4: Install hanging mesh screens around the deck perimeter. These keep bugs away while creating privacy.
Step 5: Insert yellow bug lights into outdoor light sockets. Surround the deck with candles that repel insects.
Step 6: If the area surrounding the deck is prone to developing puddles, fill the low-lying spots with rocks or soil. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water so eliminating prolonged puddling of water should prevent this problem.