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Bugging Out: Air Curtains & Bug Barriers Can Help Cleveland Businesses Keep Bugs at Bay

Stave off summer pests on your premises this year by investing in air curtains and/or bug barriers, both of which can be installed by our Cleveland commercial door professionals.

When unwanted critters are creeping (or flying, flitting, or falling) onsite, it can compromise customer experience, employee work environment, and even the safety/quality of your goods and services. No operation is immune from a pest problem (pests aren’t super picky), those that seem to have particularly persistent trouble with bug banning include:

  • Restaurants and food service establishments.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Retailers.
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • Hotels.
  • Manufacturing facilities.

By some estimates, U.S. businesses shell out nearly $7 billion annually dealing directly with pest-related problems. Often, these approaches involve chemical treatments – which come with their own risks.

In an effort to stay ahead of the issue and limit reliance on chemical solutions, many Cleveland companies incorporate air curtains and/or bug barriers into their pest control strategy.

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What are Air Curtains for Insect Control?

Air curtains, sometimes called “fly fans” and “air doors,” and “air barriers,” are devices fixed to the tops of windows and doors. They work by utilizing a continuous, high-velocity stream of air down over the opening, which prevents pests, fumes, and other contaminants from getting inside. In essence, this air stream becomes an “invisible curtain” of air separating the outdoor and indoor space.

Air curtains were first invented around the turn of the 20th Century, though they took a few years to really catch on. Today, they’re most often used on commercial sites, where they can help significantly cut down on the cost and annoyance associated with insect influxes, particularly during summer months.

A 2018 study published in the journal Pest Science Management found that even with strong, highly-motivated flying insects with high kinetic energy, an air curtain set to a velocity of 7.5 meters per second can be an extremely effective repellant.

Other analysis has shown that air curtains can be effective in protecting against not just insects, but winter cold air, summer warm air, wind draughts, dust/pollution, unpleasant noise and noxious fumes/odors. Further, they help maintain regulated heating & cooling and contribute to a clean, hygienic atmosphere. It does all this while continuing to allow for easy ingress/egress to people and vehicles.

Having your Cleveland air curtains installed by a professional commercial door company helps ensure it’s done properly – protecting the manufacturer’s warranty and minimizing future maintenance/repair costs.

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What are Bug Barriers/Insect Screens?

Another pest control strategy involves installation of bug barriers, also known as insect screens. People sometimes use these in their homes, but they’re also popular on commercial properties as well – particularly the larger lanai-style or dock covers.

Insect screens can provide businesses a low-cost, low-tech, environmentally-friendly solution to insect control. Having them properly installed by a local commercial door company helps ensure it’s done right – which increase the odds the screen will last longer.

If you have questions about which solution is the best bug-abating option for your business, the commercial door pros at Advance Door Co. can help you decide!

Advance Door Co. provides commercial door products, services, repairs, and replacements to customers throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Parma, and surrounding communities.

Additional Resources:

Efficiency of an air curtain as an anti-insect barrier: the honey bee as a model insect, Dec. 2018, Pest Science Management

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How the Right Cleveland Garage Door Can Help Keep Mice, Other Pests at Bay, March 15, 2023, Cleveland Commercial Door Company Blog