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Window screens don't just keep those pesky mosquitoes out, screens deter roaches, flies, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, wasps and a whole host of other nasty little creatures. But screens can get damaged easily. Fortunately, there is a way to patch them.

What you'll need:

  • Needle nose pliers.
  • Scissors.
  • A screwdriver.
  • Rubber cement or clear nail polish.
  • A screen patch that is a ½ inch or larger than the hole you're filling.

The process:

  • Take the screen out of the window.
  • Use your scissors to trim unraveled threads around the hole you want to fix.
  • Take your patch and unravel one or more rows of screen wire on the edges of your screen patch so that it looks frayed, instead of a bordered.
  • Lay your patch over the hole, aligning the strands from the patch with the strands in the screen, and gently weave the loose ends into the mesh of the screen. It may help to use your needle nose pliers to pull the ends through. Do that on all four sides to secure the patch in place.
  • Brush all four edges with rubber cement or nail polish to seal it in place.

With your screen properly sealed, those bugs will have to find another way in. Be sure to also check your weather stripping while you're at it. If you have frayed weather stripping, or if your doors and windows don't seal the weather stripping properly, you can get bugs squeezing past your nice and fully working screens. And remember, when you partner with Witt Pest Management you can count on our home pest control technicians to keep insects and rodents out. Our pros know all about how to exclude pests from your home, and have the equipment and expertise to do the things you can't. Give us a jingle and start the conversation. Life is so much better without bugs.

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