screen breach


Just as Roundrock Journal has been breached (this is the first time I’ve been able to get into the back end of the blog in weeks), so have the screens at the cabin. Something seems to be eating the screens on the north-facing windows.

This has actually been going on for nearly as long as the cabin has been standing, but it’s gotten more extensive in the last year. I’d tried to take photos of the damage for a while, but I’d made the mistake each time of being inside┬áthe cabin and shooting out the window, into the comparatively brighter light. Thus the detail I wanted to capture was washed out. Then, as I was bumbling along the back of the cabin one day and noticed the chowed-upon screens, I wondered if a shot looking in might work, and it did, as you can see above.

My guess is that the critter (and I assume it’s an insect) is not trying to get into the cabin. Rather, I think it is probably something that gets trapped betwixt the screen and the window and is trying (successfully) to get out. (Also, by the definition in the Roundrock Lexicon, this particular critter has become a varmint.) I guess further that it is a horsefly, and a female at that since they have mouth parts that can bite (painfully) and perhaps can chew as well.

The screens are not made of metal but rather some plastic fabric. I suppose eventually I’m going to need to take the affected screens in and have them rep

2 Responses to “screen breach”

  1. roger Says:

    i wonder how the varmint got trapped there. betwixt as you say

  2. Carol Says:

    We live out in the boonies in Texas and have this problem with the screens on a few buildings in lower areas in the camp where we live. I agree about the biting flies. Although we can’t see their tiny muscles, we know they are there, along with their mean, clamping jaws and flesh ripping teeth. It is impossible for me to outrun them on foot, they are relentless buzzers. It makes sense to me that they are the rippers of plastic screens, though I’ve never seen them do it.

    The only other thing I can think of for the holes in the plastic screens is the selective deterioration of this material in certain areas and we should bring this to the attention of the manufacturer. (Did I say that correctly and did it sound reasonable? If not, please disregard.)

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