Tips and Tricks for Good Insect Screen Care
Because of our location in the tropical rainforest we use insect screens or shade cloth instead of windows in our eco-huts. However, screens require special care and maintenance.
Lemon Cleaning. For all insect screens we are use lemons from our tree by Jungle Hideway to clean. We have over a 100 lemons on the tree so it is now our free cleaning tool!
However, we also use diluted bleach sparingly as it it still one of the most effective killers of mold build up in the rainforest.
Holes in the screens bring in mosquitos and jungle mold looks bad and can cause guests to complain.
We always try to empathize that we live in a rain forest. Mold is part of nature and it would not be eco-friendly to always use bleach to clean it. Natural cleaners don't always work so well and even our lemon solution sometimes leaves stains.
However, it is still important to follow these cleaning and maintenance tips:
- Check for any new screen holes, due to mice or other pests, and either fix them using by cutting out heart shapes with old insect screens and then sewing them in. If you don't know how, describe the location of the holes in your Intern Report so we can get someone who can sew to repair it.
- Spray all screens in tent structures and huts with vinegar. Very, very gently, clean insect screens using a broom or a scrubbie with warm soapy water.
- If it's not cleaning then use bleach. We only use bleach sparingly as a last resort when other methods don't work.