The screen tent is or pop up screen room is a collapsible enclosure that comes in a bag, just like a tent. It is erected just like a tent with poles and guy wires. The screen tent is practical for the cottage, for campers and for people just having fun in the park, who don’t want to be bothered by bugs. The tent remains a safe refuge where you can get respite from the mosquitoes and even shade from the hot sun.
Screened tents can be quite large but most will cover an area sufficient to surround a picnic table or park bench. That’s usually enough for a family outing. Larger screened tents can cover several picnic tables but then the screened tent becomes more difficult to set up and pack away.
They are also wonderful play houses for children, they can set up their toys inside the screen tent and you can be at ease knowing that your children are protected from mosquitoes and the threat of west nile virus and also sheltered from the direct ultraviolet radiation of the sun.
Some things to watch out for in purchasing a mesh tent :
The Alvantor pop up screen room pictured at the top of this page has good reviews on Amazon.
It's available in the USA and they will ship to Canada. (Im in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and there are many Amazon product suppliers that only ship to US Addresses)
It is self supporting and does not need guy wires or stakes if you have heavy objects like chairs and coolers inside it. It is self erecting and easily collapses for packing
If there is a bit of wind you can use the supplied guy wires and stakes to hold the screen house down but if its a windy you wouldn't need the screen room much because all the mosquitoes would be blown away.
A lot of people use these screen rooms in their backyard and just collapse them and bring them inside in case of high winds.
You may also have a screened porch on your home. The older styles involve screens held on with wooden cleats while the newer ones have aluminum framed screens that either slide in place or are held in with fastener