And this was the display home where we first fell in love with them. Swoon.
Only problem with this kind of opening is that it's difficult to keep the insects out and I don't know about you but I'm really not a fan of bugs inside!
We're having a ceiling fan in the alfresco which I've heard helps to keep the bugs at bay. We've also looked into screening options that can be retro-fitted. There are a couple of options such as fly-screen roller blinds that have magnets and attach in the middle but I'm not convinced they'd stand the test of children time - especially with such a wide distance to cover and nothing more supportive in the middle to attach to. Anyway, kinda defeats the purpose of having the beautiful opening only to put a screen in the way!
Then when I was at a friend's party a few months ago, we got chatting about her bug "killer" which had managed to keep all the bugs out of the house even though her sliding doors had been open all night. I was quite excited about this little find as it's not a traditional zap it & smoke it kinda bug zapper (nothing like a smoking fried bug to kill the mood), it kills them quietly & smell free instead! Hey, they're only bugs!
My friend had a bugvac which I can only seem to find at a Perth Mitre 10 store but I've also found the Bug Eater which is Australian made and appears to work in exactly the same way.
How it works (as quoted from their site)...
Insects are lured to the bugeater by an 8 watt ultra-violet light, specially formulated to attract biting insects. As the insects approach the light, they are blown into the water tray below the fan. A couple of drops of liquid detergent is added to the tray of the mosquito trap, to break the surface tension of the water, the insect is unable to float on the water so it drowns.
So it's safe (no chemicals), quiet, Australian made and effective. I'll take 2 thanks!
How have you overcome a similar problem?