It’s been a busy day. You’re relaxing at the dining table at home with your family. The wine is poured. The TV is off. The balcony sliding doors are open and there’s a breeze blowing in through your patio doors … and with it comes flying insects and all manner of buzzy creatures ready to bite you. Nobody wants a dose of dengue fever as a side-order at dinner. But how do you stop mosquitoes entering your home?
What you need are removable mosquito screens to keep pesky bugs at bay and make your home feel more comfortable, but to also help in the fight against dengue!
Bye-bye flying insects!
In Europe and the US, insect screens are as common as curtains. It makes sense for patio doors to be fitted with removable mosquito screens. Yet homeowners in Singapore hardly go for it. There’s a misconception that the material used is flimsy and that screens affect natural wind and light. Oh, and that they look ugly next to a Ming Chinese buffet sideboard and a giant cheese plant.
But not all removable mosquito screens to stop mosquitoes from entering your home are created equal. The ones from StopMosquito come with a personal service so you know what you’re getting from the start. Designed to be sturdy yet near-invisible, the screens allow sunlight to flow freely while preventing flying insects from entering (bad luck, buddies!). The only thing able to infiltrate is you and your pet thanks to a unique automatic magnet close.
Getting the screens is easy. You don’t have to queue for hours brandishing a tape measure. Neither do they arrive with a construction manual that’s more confusing than the Mustafa Centre. The StopMosquito team visit your home to do a professional measurement and customisation before making anything. Then they return to do the installations so you can avoid potential rows with your husband when he gives it a go.
They’re ideal for rental properties, too, as no drilling is required, and each screen lasts around three years. As the magnets are custom-made, they won’t be going anywhere fast either. That’s not to say you can’t remove them for special occasions or washing (there’s nothing worse than a scuzzy screen). It takes about five minutes to install one screen; the time it takes for you to boil the kettle for a nice cup of coffee.
Mosquito screens for safety
There’s one more reason why these removable mosquito screens for patio doors are so efficient: they’re designed with the safety of your nearest and dearest in mind. StopMosquito launched in 2019 by Jay Song directly as a bid to combat dengue fever. “One more family that takes on our system is one less house for mosquitoes to enter and hurt people,” Jay says.
Staying at home with your sliding doors firmly shut is one way to protect against dengue. Closing the doors and ramping up your air-con to keep you and your family safe is another. But nobody moves to Singapore to sit inside a stuffy house while hiding from bugs.
Give the screens a whirl and enjoy your home without being cooped up inside covered in sexy Deet spray. It’s a win-win!