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What Is The Best Rated Mosquito Repellent For This Summer?

Summer is almost here!Best rated mosquito repellent In Florida, that means it is time to enjoy days of the sun, sand, and surf and nights of…well being cooped up inside because the mosquitos are brutal! An evening walk or a night stargazing turns into an all you can eat Vegas buffet for the flying and biting insects.

While we recommend enjoying your afternoons safely behind a retractable screen, we can’t walk around outside in a screened in bodysuit. And with the dangers of the West Nile Virus and Zika on the rise, now, more than ever is the time to be vigilant about protecting ourselves from these harmful pests.

So what is the safest and most effective insect repellent on the market today?

According to the latest Consumer Reports data, the most effective repellents contain up to 15 to 30 percent deet, 20 percent picaridin, and 30 percent OLE.

They advise not reaching for more natural products such as lemongrass and citronella as these are not strong enough and do not work as well in laboratory tests.

The CDC recommends using EPA-registered repellents that contain these active ingredients.

Of course, all products should be used as directed and should be avoided near the eyes and open cuts. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid wearing too much repellent.

For a list of the highest rated mosquito repellents by Consumer Reports click here.


Which retractable screen is right for your garage?

If you live in Florida, you no doubt enjoy the beautiful weather and refreshing warm breeze that often brings a hint of salt air from the coast. Which retractable screen is right for your garage? The reason you moved to The Sunshine State in the first place is to enjoy that perfect tropical environment and take in all this gorgeous oasis has to offer. So the last thing you want to be is cooped up inside on a stunning Spring day. A garage screen is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while also relaxing in privacy and free of pesky insects.

But what kind of garage screen is right for your home?

The answer all depends on how you choose to open your screen and what level of convenience you need. At Michele's Hide-Away Screens we have three types of retractable garages screens: electronic roll up, LifeStyle, and four track slider screens.

Four track slider screen: If you are looking for a simple, affordable screen system, the four-track slider may be just what you are looking for. Our sliders have the rollers located at the top of the screens instead of the bottom, so the rollers never get caked with dirt and grit, making opening a breeze every time.

Lifestyle Screens: These screens are both stylish and convenient. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your garage and need quick access to an exit, the Lifestyle Screens have an optional door in the middle of the screen making it extremely easy to get in and out of your garage if you need to.

Electronic Roll Up Screen: If you are looking for a screen to make your life a little easier then you will love the electronic roll-up screen. Opening and closing this elegant screen is a breeze with just a touch of a button on your remote control.

No matter which screen you choose, you will have the luxury of creating the perfect color combination and extent of privacy you need and customize it just the way you like it. Come by our gorgeous new showroom conveniently located in Ocala to get your retractable garage screen today!


Mirage Screens Release Cutting Edge Innovation for Effortless Function of Retractable Screen Doors

Mirage Screen Systems Inc. introduces the PivotPro Easy Release Handle which provides a profound improvement in how retractable screen doors are opened and closed. Mirage Screen Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of retractable screening systems in North America for over 20 years, introduces the PivotPro (patent pending) handle which allows the retractable screen to be opened and closed effortlessly. In the past, all retractable screens would either need to be yanked to break the magnet closure, or a latching system would need to be released. The Mirage PivotPro operates with a simple twist of the handle which allows the strong, rare earth magnet to easily detach from the closure. Mirage continues to incorporate their superior neodymium magnet, which provides optimal application flexibility. The innovative PivotPro handle enhances the customer experience by allowing an easy release and smooth retraction of the door, providing painless entry/exit for the homeowner. “Response to the PivotPro during testing with our dealer network has been unanimously positive, and we cannot wait to see consumers embrace this revolutionary improvement to our product. A simply designed, easy-opening retractable screen door is something the market has been seeking for some time, and it has arrived with the PivotPro.” says Pete Ingram, Mirage CEO.


Simple maintenance for your hide-away screens.

By: Nicole Stevens

There's nothing better than enjoying a nice breeze throughout your home on a warm summer day. Simple maintenance for your hide-away screens. In Florida, the breeze can be euphoric, but it can also bring along unwanted guests indoors if you don't have the proper screening installed. Hide-away screens are the best solution to keep the uninvited out, and the cool, fresh air coming through. These screens can last a very long time, depending on simple at home maintenance that prolongs the life of your hide-away screen. Here you will find a few helpful tips for adding a few years onto the life of the screens in your home!

  • ·When the screen is not in use, such as in the winter months, it is best to store your screens in their protective housing. This keeps the screens safe from the elements, including microscopic ones like dust and various airborne debris.
  • If unit is motorized, keep a close eye on the movement of your screen. Making sure nothing is blocking the path of the track and that it is properly lubed. Only lube the unit with a non-petroleum silicone. WD-40 IS NOT EVER RECOMMENDED.
  • Pay attention to weight bar in particular in these motorized units; if the weight bar fails to continuously drop while motor is running, stop motor right away. Return to the weight bar and physically pull it down to remove any excess slack in the screen itself.
  • Clean your screen! Just like with the motorized versions, you must pay attention to the tracks in the unit and be sure they are clear of any dirt and debris. This could cause an expensive problem down the line if not maintained frequently. The cleaning solution for the mesh of the screen should be a mixture of 1/3 cup mild liquid detergent (such as dish soap, i.e., Dawn) and 1 gallon of water. If mildew ora mold is present, add 1/3 cup of bleach to the mixture.
  • Pay attention to the weather. Such as with storing the screens when not in use for long periods of time, it's the same idea with extreme weather. In Florida, warnings of extreme weather such as hurricanes can come a couple of days in advance. This gives plenty of time to store away your screens as to not attain any damage when the storm hits.

If worse comes to worse and your screens can't be saved, there are typically manufacturers warranties on most parts, though this does not cover the costs of labor. It's much better to be safe than sorry and protect your investment to enjoy your cozy summer evenings with all the windows open, and no worry about a sudden swarm of mosquitos invading your living room.

The find the perfect screen for your home, come visit our beautiful new showroom in Ocala. Contact Michele's Hide-away Screens for more information. 


Our Stunning New Showroom Is Open!

At last, after much planning and building, Michele’s Hide-Away Screens has a brand new showroom location! We know that it is hard to decide on the perfect screen for your home sight unseen. That’s why we have opened a brand new convenient location on 30 Almond Drive Run in Ocala just 25 minutes north of The Villages® community; so you can see these beauties in action and create a custom screen for your home.

Here at our showroom, you will find retractable screens to fit your ideal needs. Whether you are looking for a garage screen, lanai screen, or a retractable screen for your front door, we've got it. There are huge advantages in our hide-away screen systems vs. the standard run of the mill screen doors. Each of our screens conveniently and effortlessly retract out of the way until you need them.

We offer three choices in garage screen systems that can be customized to create the perfect look for your home while making it easy to create a welcoming outdoor space anytime you desire. The electronic roll-up screen is our most popular garage screen; it rolls up and down with just a push of a button. The Lifestyle Screen is a great choice for its innovative "door within a door" option, making entry and exiting your garage a breeze. For a more economical and traditional screen, the four-track sliders utilize the rollers on the top instead of the bottom, that glide with ease so you will never have to worry about gritty dirt back rollers. All of our garage screens can be fitted to golf cart garages as well for a sharp look and extra air circulation. Also, make sure to ask about our extra large commercial garage screens.

It's time to get rid of that old clunky front door screen that is constantly in the way and go for a new sleek state of the art manual retractable screen from Mirage Screen. The Mirage Screen fully retracts out of the way until you need it, which means you never have to sacrifice the look of your home when you want to enjoy a fresh breeze. Each screen is child and pet-friendly and custom built just for your door. Its innovative hydraulic speed control makes it smooth and effortless to open and never slams shut. Give your screen a personalized touch and choose from many options, including a new easy to use handle and a multitude color swatches to choose from.

Michele's Hide-Away Screens' showroom is the place to discover the retractable screen you have been searching for. Create a screen as unique as you are with many frames, color swatches, and materials to choose from; including the white privacy screen and the indestructible SuperScreen™. As always all of our stunning retractable screens are proudly made in the USA and come with the industry's best warranty. Our team is standing by with friendly reliable service to help you find the retractable screen of your dreams. See you there!

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