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Tips to Protect Your Skin in a Hot Central Florida Summer

Summer is here and more people will be enjoying the outdoors and sunshine more. Florida is called the Sunshine State for a good reason, and Floridians love to soak up the Sun as much as possible. Getting out in the Sun every day is right for you, but we all know too much can have damaging, lasting repercussions.

There are ways to enjoy the outdoors while keeping yourself safe from Sun damage. Here are a few rules to keep in mind while spending time outside. 

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Love Bug Season is Back Already

florida love bugsTwice a year in Florida, we get to experience the "lovely" love bug season. Generally, you have seen them flying around in a pair of two locked together. These creatures stay around us for usually four weeks in both May and September. While these bugs are harmless when it comes to biting or stinging, they can be quite a nuisance. Here are some things to remember about these little bugs as they begin their invasion:

Where do they come from? UF says the bugs migrated here all on their own from Central America, via Texas and Louisiana before making their way to the Sunshine State.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Patio and Window Screens

clean patio screenWe spend much of our time making sure the inside of our home is clean. But how much attention do we spend tending to the outside? Your patio and screened-in areas need Spring Cleaning just as much as the rest of your home. It doesn't have to be a massive chore if you do it right. 

The best way to give your patio a thorough clean is to move the furniture, potted plants, BBQ grill, and any other outside items. Grab your broom and sweep the entire area, then spray it down with the hose. If it is especially dirty, scrub it with a push broom and warm soapy water, but be careful not to remove any paint from the concrete or pavers. Outdoor furniture and cousins can be cleaned with mild soap and water. Make sure to let everything dry thoroughly before putting them back together. 

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What is Best for Your Home…a Sunroom or Screened Porch?

Florida SunroomWe all know the most significant benefit of living in Florida is our super weather. Your patio or lanai is the perfect spot to sip a sweet drink while enjoying the outdoors. It also has bugs, heat, and humidity, which is no good. Screened-in porches and sunrooms allow you to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather while avoiding things like mosquitoes or rain. 

It is an excellent way to add usable living space to your home.

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Winter Prep for Patio Screens

Winter is coming, are your patio screens ready for the chill? There are few things more relaxing than enjoying a hot cup of coffee on a crisp winter morning on your porch. Screens don't keep out all the cold air, but they're still beneficial in the cold months! It's easy to keep your screened-in porch occupied and enjoyed in the winter just like in the summer. There are a few steps to take to make sure you get the most out of your patio screens all year long.

It doesn't take much to prep your screens for winter. Make sure to follow some of these tips here to ensure that you get the most of your patio screens no matter what time of year it is!

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