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Whether flies, mosquitoes, spiders or beetles, these little creatures can be a nuisance, especially in summer. If you're looking for a solution to keep the pesky insects out of your house, a fly screen could be just the thing.

In our fly screen test 2021 you can find out everything you need to know when buying a fly screen. We explain the different types, the advantages and disadvantages and much more. Our tips should help you to find the right fly screen for you.




Summary

  • A fly screen prevents flies, mosquitoes, moths or wasps from entering your living space. Since most insects are attracted to light at night, a fly screen is very useful in summer.
  • When choosing a fly screen, you can opt for an adhesive system or frame system, a slat or magnetic curtain system or a window roller or sliding frame system.
  • Apart from the respective system, you can compare fly screens on the basis of air permeability, UV resistance and colour. The installation effort depends on the size of the window or door.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a fly screen

In our guide, we have summarised the most important information about fly screens. Here you can find out how fly screens are used, what types there are, and also where you can buy them.

What is a fly screen?

A fly screen is a fine-meshed net or mesh that prevents flies, spiders, mosquitoes and other insects from entering your living space.

Fly screens are attached to the window or door. Fly screens are fine-meshed and allow light and air into the premises, but not the little animals.

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With the help of a fly screen, windows can remain open without letting insects into the living space. (Image source: 123rf.com / Sutichak Yachiangkham)

Fly screens are attached to the window or door frame in different ways. There are fly screens with adhesive or frame systems, slat or magnetic curtain systems or a window roller or sliding frame system.

The installation effort depends on the size of the window or door. Apart from the system, you can compare fly screens on the basis of air permeability, UV resistance and colour.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a fly screen?

The special advantage of fly screens is that you are free from the annoying insects whether in your living room, bedroom or bathroom.

On the veranda, in the garden, by the pool or in the bathing pond, it is often very tedious to put up with the scurrying little creatures.

Advantages
  • No loopholes
  • Convenient to use
  • High quality
  • Long life
Disadvantages
  • High initial cost

Moreover, the buzzing of a mosquito in the bedroom when you are about to fall asleep is one of the most annoying sounds you can imagine. To counteract this unnecessary suffering, the simplest solution for protection against insects is a fly screen.

Not only protection from flies or mosquitoes, but also protection from small animals such as spiders or beetles is provided by a fly screen.

For people who have a phobia of spiders, it is often the most useful product in the home to keep them comfortable.

Where can I install fly screens?

Fly screens can usually be fitted to all windows and doors. They are very versatile.

The decisive factor is that the window screen can be attached to a frame. The screen itself should of course also be large enough to be stretched over the entire opening.

Fly screens can also be fitted to cellar and roof windows, in caravans, balcony patio doors and passage doors. Some types of fly screen are more suitable for certain applications than others.

How do you install a fly screen?

The installation of the different types of fly screens varies greatly depending on the type.

As already described with the different types, there are those with adhesive or Velcro strips, with a ready-made frame or more elaborate installations such as roller blinds.

Unfortunately, no general installation instructions can be given for frames, roller blinds and magnetic and sliding systems, as even the respective types have different installation methods.

In this case, we simply advise you to consult the installation instructions for the model you have purchased and the tips and tricks they contain.

Fly screens with adhesive or Velcro strips are the easiest to install. They consist of two components - the fly screen and an adhesive strip with Velcro.

To attach an adhesive fly screen, the frame of the window or door must be thoroughly cleaned. Then the adhesive strip, on which the Velcro is located, can be attached.

Then the mesh fabric is placed and pressed onto the tape. The protruding fabric can simply be cut off with household scissors.

You should make sure that the mesh always lies against the Velcro and does not come loose. The screen should be cut to fit the size of the window or door so that nothing sticks out.

How much does a fly screen cost?

Fly screens are available in all price ranges - from inexpensive, classic insect screens that cost only a few euros to high-quality sliding doors for which a three-figure sum is due.

Basically, we think that these prices are well justifiable, because the added value and the living comfort that an insect screen offers means that you get rid of the annoying insects in the long run.

In the different types of fly screens that we have already presented to you in the upper part of this page, the price range is nevertheless very different - from the classic, simple, cheaper product to the high-quality insect screen in the high-priced segment.

This is due to the fact that the quality of the fly nets naturally lowers or raises the price accordingly due to the different materials used.

Type Price
Fly screen for gluing Approx. 5-25 €
Lamella or magnetic curtain Approx. 10-30 €
Fly screen with frame Approx. 15-70 €
Window roller blind / sliding frame Approx. 40-230 €

The classic adhesive fly screen is available from around 5 euros and is therefore a really inexpensive way to protect yourself from insects.

The durability, function and service life of such an extremely inexpensive variant stand and fall with the price.

You can also get lamella or magnetic curtains for as little as 10 euros. They can be installed in a similar way to the classic models and have similar advantages and disadvantages, which you can read about in the guide above.

The higher-quality grilles with frames, however, already belong to the mid-range models due to their workmanship.

You can buy a fly screen with a frame for between 15 and 70 euros. For window roller blinds or sliding frames, you can spend much more.

Although there are also options from around 40 euros, professional products can be purchased for up to 230 euros.

What alternatives are there to fly screens?

An effective alternative to fly screens is hard to find. Of course, you can always keep windows and doors closed, or use a fly swatter or insect spray.

If flies regularly get into your living space, a fly trap can be helpful. This attracts the flies and catches them. This prevents them from buzzing around the flat.

Insect traps can also catch annoying insects. These are mostly suitable for outdoors and less for indoors. If you use such traps, pay attention to which components and especially possible poisons these traps contain.

There are also home remedies to keep mosquitoes, flies and insects away. These are, for example, plants and herbs such as lavender, basil, thyme, laurel, sage or mint.

These plants can either be placed indoors or right by the window. They can be fresh or dried plants (e.g. as herbal pillows), but essential oils also scare away insects.

Mosquito bugs or incense sticks are similarly effective against insects. These also help to drive away mosquitoes that may already be hiding in the premises.

Decision: What types of fly screens are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of fly screens:

  • Fly screen for gluing
  • Fly screen with frame
  • Lamella or magnetic curtain
  • Window roller blind / sliding frame

Each of these types has its own advantages and disadvantages due to the different properties and variants. In the following section, we would like to help you find out which of the different fly screens is best suited for you and your home.

For this purpose, we will present all types and models of fly screens below and give you an overview of the respective advantages and disadvantages.

Whether flies, mosquitoes, spiders or other insects, especially in warm temperatures when you have the window or balcony doors open, the annoying small animals get into the flat or house and often become a nuisance.

If you don't want to have to constantly apply insect repellent or if you don't want to spend the whole day with a fly swatter in your hand, then you should use a fly screen.

This is a repellent system made of fabric that can be attached to large areas of windows or doors - an ideal protection against insects.

What are the characteristics of a glued fly screen and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You can often cut adhesive fly screens to size yourself and attach them to your windows or doors using the supplied adhesive tape or Velcro.

This is probably the easiest and cheapest way to protect yourself from those pesky intruders. Therefore, this model is also the classic way in the field of fly screens. The fabric is usually made of polyester.

First of all, you have to cut the fabric to the right size for the adhesive fly screen. The original size of the polyester fabric supplied is often very large, so that slightly larger areas can also be covered with it.

Advantages
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to fit
  • Size individually
Disadvantages
  • Non-removable
  • Decreasing adhesive strength
  • Often traces of adhesive when removed

The disadvantage of this technique is that the grille cannot be removed. Over time, the Velcro or adhesive strips lose their adhesive strength, so that the grille cannot be reattached after removal.

Often, regular re-checking is also necessary because the mesh can come loose at a few corners. Nevertheless, this is probably the simplest, quickest and cheapest way to protect yourself from insects.

What are the characteristics of a fly screen with frame and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Fly screens with frames are particularly stable and reliable. They are mounted separately on a frame made of aluminium or stainless steel.

Fly screens with frames are available in different designs, while the size of some can be adjusted, others are rigid. The advantage of the frame models is that they can be removed if necessary.

This means that the insect screen can be removed briefly, for example, to water flowers, and then reattached.

Advantages
  • Reliable and stable
  • Removable
  • Partly self-closing
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive
  • Difficult to install

A clamping mechanism makes it very easy to fix and adjust the net inside the frames. Nevertheless, the installation of these nets is somewhat more difficult than with the classic models for gluing.

There are even practical self-closing frame models. The disadvantage of these fly screens, however, is the price.

What distinguishes a louvre or magnetic curtain and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

This variant, which is one of the oldest, is a type of curtain in which the main fastening is located in the upper area of the windows or doors.

Unlike the models presented so far, the actual protection is not a net fabric; plastic strips are also conceivable as insect protection.

Louvre curtains are several wide, slightly offset net panels or fabric panels that fall straight down and allow passage without further ado.

Many models have small weights at the bottom to allow the slats to fall nicely and realign.

The magnetic curtains are usually two larger net panels that allow passage in the middle. This is held together with the help of small magnets.

This means that the curtain ideally closes by itself after you have passed through. Both types are mainly used for doors because of the passage function.

Advantages
  • Ideal for doorways
  • Easy to install
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • No 100% protection
  • Reduced adhesive strength

The disadvantage of this variant is that there are often small gaps between the magnets and between the lamellae, so that this type of fly screen is not 100% tight. Insects can therefore occasionally find their way into the house or flat.

Since the magnetic strips are usually attached to the side with Velcro strips or adhesive strips, it is possible that the adhesive strength will weaken and the net will come loose.

What distinguishes fly screen roller blinds and sliding frames and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

The mosquito screen roller blinds are attached directly to the window or integrated directly into the roller shutter box. Therefore, it also functions very similarly to an ordinary roller shutter.

The insect screen is opened and closed by operating a handle or a pull cord. It is pulled down and automatically rings in the lowest position.

Because the guide rails and the box are usually made of very stable material, this protection lasts for several years in many cases. The fabric is extremely stable and taut and consists of special fibres.

Advantages
  • No loopholes
  • Convenient handling
  • High quality
  • Long life
Disadvantages
  • High initial costs
  • Complicated installation

Fly screens are available for both windows and doors. While the models for windows have the method described above, where the protection is pulled down from above, the products for doors are sliding screens similar to sliding doors.

The corresponding disadvantage, due to the high quality, is the price. On the other hand, you don't have to buy a new grille every year, which saves you money in the long run.

Often the types of fabric also have integrated pollen protection, where allergy sufferers can of course benefit.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate fly screens

We would like to use the following factors to illustrate how you can compare and evaluate fly screens.

To make it easier for you to decide whether a particular fly screen is more suitable for you or not, we have summarised all aspects for you.

Overview of the criteria

  • Type of fly screen
  • Type of construction / mounting
  • Suitable for windows or / and doors - Dimensions
  • Air permeability
  • UV-resistant
  • Colour

Type of fly screen

As already explained and described in the previous paragraphs, a distinction is made between 4 different types of fly screens. In addition to the classic screens, there are also screens with frames, as roller blinds or magnetic curtains.

Roller blinds or sliding doors as insect screens are the professional products among the fly screens. Here you have almost 100% protection against insects and a product that has a long service life.

However, you have to allow for some time for the assembly / installation, as it can often be very time-consuming to install such a product.

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Sliding doors are a professional solution in the field of fly screens and guarantee almost perfect protection against insects. (Image source: 123f.com / Lutai Razvan Alexandru)

The classic grilles are a very simple and inexpensive variant that can be installed very quickly and easily. Louvre grilles or magnetic grilles are also basically quick to install.

Depending on the purpose, whether you value the fact that you can remove your grilles or not, or whether you prefer a fixed, more stable installation, you can choose the appropriate system.

Construction and installation

Each model has a different construction and therefore a different way of mounting the grille.

As we have already explained in the guide above or in the function, the installation is very different - from a simple, quickly installed system to the complex installation of the professional units.

All in all, it can still be said that you do not necessarily have to be a highly skilled craftsman to install even the professional models.

Nevertheless, the installations with frames, roller blind or sliding door systems require a lot of manual skill. Nevertheless, each model usually comes with detailed installation instructions to guide you.

Dimensions

Fly screens are designed for different areas of application.

While some systems are only intended for windows, others can be easily adapted for doors or skylights. There are even specially developed screens for shafts, which we will, however, disregard on this page.

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Dimensions must be correct so that the grille can be optimally stretched over the opening. (Image source: pixabay.com / sandid)

Before you buy a fly screen, you should be aware of where you want to install it. In many cases, this characteristic of where you can attach the respective system is also specified as individual.

For example, in the case of the classic grille, you can cut the fabric net to size accordingly. Nevertheless, the dimensions are also given for these models and the nets for windows are then also too small for doors.

The dimensions must be correct!

Once you have decided which doors or windows you would like to install the net on, you should measure them exactly and observe the specified dimensions of the products. Especially if you use a frame system, the dimensions are usually fixed and not adjustable.

Here it is extremely important that the frame is not too small and not too large so that it fulfils its purpose and fits well. Often it is also stated that the size is adjustable and can therefore be used for several options.

Air permeability

The fabric of which the mesh is made determines the air permeability of a mesh. Although it may be produced with a tight mesh, it should be made of very fine fabric.

The fabric should leave enough space for air, but also prevent small insects from entering. Therefore, it is important to find a suitable balance.

A fly screen makes it possible to leave the window open without allowing insects to enter the room. (Image source: 123rf.com / maxaltamor)

If it is important to you that a fresh breeze comes through when you air the room, despite the screen, then you should not ignore this point.

This feature is especially important for roof windows. In the warm summer months, air can quickly accumulate and it can become extremely hot in the room.

Did you know that only female mosquitoes suck blood?

The males, on the other hand, are vegetarians and therefore feed exclusively on nectar and sugary fruit and plant juices.

UV-resistant

This criterion plays a decisive role for darker colours of the lattice, but also for roller blinds or aluminium constructions. The sun's rays could cause the colours to fade quickly.

Here, too, it is important that the models are UV-resistant, especially when attached to the skylight, as they are usually exposed to the sun for a very long time. The heat and sunlight can cause the louvre to wear out more quickly and become holey.

The more UV-resistant the grille, the longer it will be functional and will not need to be replaced.

Colour

Insect screens come in many different colours. The most commonly purchased screens are either black, anthracite or white. The black and anthracite coloured screens are the most inconspicuous, whereas the white ones are more visually striking.

The colour determines how good the visibility is.

Which colour lets the most light through generally depends on how much light comes through the window or door. The darker the grille, the better you can see outside.

White fly screens can also be a privacy screen, because looking into the window is more difficult with a white screen. However, this also applies the other way round, and the white grille also makes it more difficult to see outside.

If the room is generally rather dark, black and anthracite can make it appear even darker. The fly screens provide protection regardless of their colour, so it is a purely optical and translucent criterion in the choice of colour.

Facts worth knowing about fly screens

In the following section we would like to expand your knowledge. Here you will learn more interesting facts about fly screens, round off your knowledge and be best prepared to use your fly screen.

How can I clean a fly screen?

Fly screens make a valuable contribution when it comes to keeping insects out of your home. However, after long use they can also become unsightly.

Not only do leaves, pollen or flowers get caught in the mesh, but dust can also accumulate on it.

The glued, simple fly screens can simply be put in the washing machine after removal.

However, this is only possible if you remove the screens very carefully and gently and the adhesive strength has not yet been lost, otherwise they cannot be reattached after cleaning and you have to buy a new one.

A fly screen can become very dirty due to dust, leaves, pollen, rain and other weather influences. (Image source: 123rf.com / belchonock)

The sturdy fly screens with frames are easiest to rinse off in the bathtub, shower or garden with a little lukewarm water. Stubborn dirt can also be removed with insect cleaner.

When should I change the fly screen?

A fly screen usually lasts a very long time. If you clean it regularly as described above, you do not need to replace it.

However, flyscreens can wear out due to UV radiation, dirt, wind, rain and other stresses. If you notice holes in the screen, or that it is slowly coming away from the window or door frame, you should of course repair or replace it.

How can I remove adhesive residues from the fly screen?

The fly screens that are attached with an adhesive strip also have the disadvantage that adhesive residues remain when the screen is removed like the strips.

This should be removed with care so as not to damage the window or door frame. It is best to use a sponge, water and washing-up liquid.

In the case of particularly heavy soiling, we recommend using a commercially available adhesive remover from the DIY store or the Internet.

How can I protect myself against insects?

The annoying mosquitoes can often easily spoil a beautiful summer evening on the terrace, at the lake or in the garden.

Did you know that mosquitoes prefer beer drinkers?

This is because they exhale more carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. This alcohol content can also be passed on to mosquitoes.

Mosquito nets or fly screens only protect you indoors. Outdoors, however, you can use other means.

So if you want to fight mosquitoes naturally, here are a few tips for you.

  • Regularly empty standing water, for example in the rain barrel or in flowerpot coasters, so that mosquito larvae do not accumulate in the water. The water attracts mosquitoes in particular.
  • If changing the water has no effect, you should add a tablespoon of cooking oil with a drop of cinnamon oil to the water. This dissolves the surface tension and prevents larvae from developing.
  • If you have a pond, you should get goldfish, which eat mosquitoes and their larvae.

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