South Miami News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Homeowners waiting to replace or repair their damaged pool screen enclosures can face waiting periods of up to 18 months, while costs are climbing from $13,000 to more than $25,000 depending on the size of the home. After Hurricane Wilma, the cost of the aluminum extrusions and screen materials soared, doubling and sometimes even tripling due to Florida’s residential construction boom. Even though many pool screen builders say they are almost caught up with backlogs, the prices have not fallen.
Since South Florida is currently dealing with a shortage of aluminum, after the storm many people started collecting this important material to earn a small profit. Throughout the state, many pool enclosures have been damaged and the demand for aluminum is driving the costs up.
Due to rising prices, waiting lists, and lack of guarantees from pool screen enclosure companies – as to whether or not their new screens will hold up during the upcoming hurricane season – many homeowners are opting not to replace their expensive pool screens.
Many are investing their money into beautifying their landscapes, adding decorative lighting, purchasing new patio furniture and building attractive barbeque areas to enjoy their yards. Replacing a costly pool screen depends on what the personal use of the pool is going to be.
Many are fencing in their pool areas as required by state law. If homeowners decide to do a lot of nighttime outdoor entertaining, they might need to protect themselves from mosquitoes and no-see-ums.
Those living in heavily wooden areas or on lakefronts, where the threat of mosquitoes is imminent, can now opt to install a special device that sprays organic pesticides around the backyard through a misting system installed along the eaves, bushes and fences making screens a thing of the past. SWAT Mosquito Systems, a South Florida-based mosquito misting company is equipped to help homeowners to do just that.
The company installs a custom-built misting system of sprays, strategically located and concealed around the perimeter of a home, pyrethrum, a safe solution naturally derived from chrysanthemums, is “misted” for about 45 seconds three to four times a day. Pyrethrum directly affects the nervous system of biting insects – killing rather than repelling them.
SWAT also offers a Rosemary-based solution made up of essential plant extracts and oils; it is the company’s 100 percent USDA National Organic Compliant alternative. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has approved both of the company’s misting solutions. “The truly effective method for killing and controlling the mosquito population is to create a barrier around the home,” said Steve Jenkins, president of SWAT Mosquito Systems.
“Since many homeowners are deciding not to replace their damaged screens, SWAT creates a dependable shield encouraging customers to enjoy a mosquito- and insect-free cookout or get together in the privacy of their own homes.” Jenkins was instrumental in establishing the first broad-scale mosquito misting system in the Texas market, and now brings his expertise to residents and businesses in South Florida. With more than a year’s wait for a new patio screen, the SWAT misting system will prove beneficial to South Florida customers since the state’s largest insurance companies have asked state regulators to allow them to remove screen enclosures and carports from their basic policies. “With the money I saved from not replacing my screen, I added new landscaping and can actually enjoy my lake view home,” said Linda Donahue, satisfied homeowner. “And thanks to SWAT Mosquito Systems, I no longer worry about mosquitoes invading my backyard.”
For years, millions of people have been investing in and struggling with a variety of ineffective repellent products. Media outlets have recently reported that people spent approximately $100 million on mosquito repellent products last year, according to ACNielsen, the world’s leading marketing information provider. With the mosquito and hurricane seasons fast approaching, SWAT is a reliable ally in combating your mosquito problem. To safely eliminate mosquitoes and other insects from your home call 1-866-900-SWAT or visit http://www.swatmosquitosystems.com