Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big insect screen test 2021. Here we present all the insect screens that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the most suitable insect screen for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy insect screens.




Summary

  • Insect screens offer the perfect protection against insects such as flies, mosquitoes and wasps in summer. They keep the animals from coming into the flat when the window or door is open, and at the same time they can darken the room and protect it from pollen.
  • You have to decide between insect screens with or without drilling. Insect screens without drilling are hung in the window frame, which makes installation easier. In contrast, roller blinds with drilling are more stable and resistant.
  • To avoid problems when installing your insect screen, you must measure the window or door precisely beforehand. The measurements vary depending on the roller blind model. Therefore, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the measuring curtain exactly.

The Best Insect Screen: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an insect screen

How does an insect screen work?

An insect screen is attached to the outside or inside of the window frame and keeps annoying insects and small animals from entering the home. After installation, the insect screen can be pulled down from the top. When it is down, insects cannot fly into the room even when the window is open.

An insect screen protects your home from mosquitoes and wasps. It is a permanent solution without the use of chemicals. (Image source: pixabay.com / almdesign)

Unlike other types of insect screens, the insect screen can be opened when the window is closed. It then disappears into a box at the top of the window frame and is no longer visible. This is also practical if, for example, you have plants on the window sill: You don't have to water them from the outside, but can open the insect screen briefly.

Who are insect screens suitable for?

An insect screen is suitable for anyone who wants to protect their living space from insects. In summer, they keep mosquitoes and flies from getting in at any time of day. When it gets dark earlier in autumn, you can turn on the light in the dark even with the window open thanks to the insect screen.

There are many types of windows or doors to which you can attach an insect screen:

  • Normal windows
  • Roof window/ pivot window
  • Balcony door/ patio door
  • Double door
  • Caravan

Note that insect screens for doors do not open from the top down. You simply slide them from right to left to open, like a sliding door.

Can an insect screen be retrofitted in the roller shutter box?

Unfortunately, there is no general answer to the question of whether an insect screen can always be retrofitted in the roller shutter box. Depending on which roller shutter system or which roller shutter motor is installed in your home, there may sometimes not be enough space for this. Therefore, ask experts or the manufacturer of the roller shutter in each individual case whether an insect screen can be installed.

In many cases, for example, an insect screen that can be hung instead of drilled is a good option. If this is not possible, you can switch to other options such as a fly screen. There is a suitable insect screen solution for every window.

How much do insect screens cost?

Depending on the size of the window or door, insect screens cost different amounts. The equipment also influences the price of an insect screen. If you need electric controls, a pollen protection fabric or oversized roller blinds, it will quickly become more expensive.

Basically, you can buy insect screens for drilling from about 40 €. Insect screen roller blinds for clamping are available for a little less, starting at 30 €. Sliding doors are more expensive, starting at 90 €. Their higher price is due to their larger dimensions and resistance.

Type of insect screen Price
Insect screen for drilling From € 40
Insect screen for clamping From € 30
Insect screen sliding door From € 90

Bear in mind that the insect screen may not be supplied with all the installation accessories. This may result in extra costs that you should take into account from the outset. In addition, you will have to pay more if you decide to have the insect screen installed by professionals.

What alternatives are there to insect screens?

In addition to an insect screen, you can also use a fly screen with a frame or a lamella curtain. While a lamella curtain is only suitable for patio and balcony doors, the fly screen with frame can also be installed in windows, just like insect screens.

Fly screen with frame

A fly screen with frame is permanently installed in the window frame. However, some models can be lifted out of the frame for a short time so that you can water plants on the windowsill, for example. They consist of a sturdy frame made of metal or aluminium and there are many options for customisation in terms of design and features.

Depending on the equipment, however, fly screens with frames can be relatively cost-intensive. They are also more difficult to install than other insect screen alternatives, as they have to be clamped or drilled rather than glued.

Lamella curtain

Lamella curtains or double blinds are particularly suitable for doors that are highly frequented. For example, if you often go through the patio door in the summer, the constant opening and closing of a sliding door can be cumbersome. You can simply walk through the louvre curtain. It consists of fabric or net panels that hang down from the upper door frame. You simply attach it to the door frame with glue or Velcro systems.

Did you know that experts can best assess which insect screen is best for you?

If you are unsure which type of insect screen will fit your window or door, experts can help. Some companies even offer remote diagnosis: Send them pictures of the door or window and the frame and they will tell you whether you should choose a solution with or without drilling.

However, due to the gaps between the slats, the curtain does not guarantee complete protection against insects. Although flies can be kept out well, smaller insects in particular often get into the room anyway. In addition, the adhesive strength of the lamella curtain can weaken, so that you may have to renew the attachment.

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

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of insect screens:

  • Insect screen with drilling
  • Insect screen without drilling

In the following, we will give you an overview of the exact advantages and disadvantages of insect screens with and without drilling.

What distinguishes an insect screen with drilling and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Insect screens that are mounted with drilling offer a long-term and strong hold. They are particularly suitable for mounting on doors because they are resistant. Drilling is also advisable for skylights for safety reasons. Otherwise, the insect screen may fall out due to the slant.

Advantages
  • Long-term, strong hold
  • Resistant for doors
  • Safety for roof windows
Disadvantages
  • Drilling necessary
  • More complicated installation
  • Permanently installed

On the other hand, drilling is more costly and complicated than installation without drilling. It is also not allowed in some rented flats. Be aware that a drilled insect screen is a permanently installed solution. Therefore, choose a high-quality roller blind that will last for many years.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an insect screen without drilling?

If you are not allowed or do not want to drill, insect screen models without drilling are a good choice. There are the following alternatives to drilling:

  • Hanging
  • Clamp
  • Adhesive

Insect screens without drilling are particularly practical for rented flats if they are only to be installed temporarily. However, especially when gluing, make sure that you use an adhesive without residues, otherwise removal can be difficult. Installation is usually easy without drilling and does not require a lot of accessories. These types of installation are mainly suitable for windows, as doors need to be more resistant.

Advantages
  • For rented flats
  • Easy mounting
  • Mainly for windows
Disadvantages
  • Shorter durability
  • Not suitable for all window types
  • Falling out possible

Before buying, check whether installation without drilling is possible for your window type. There are cases where drilling is essential or you need to switch to another form of insect screen.

Glued insect screens also have a shorter shelf life. In general, insect screens can fall out of the window without drilling. Therefore, the possible fall area should be secured and, for example, no child's bed should be placed under the window if the insect screen has not been drilled.

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

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to decide between the many insect screens available.

You can use the following criteria to compare insect screens with each other:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Operation
  • Sun and pollen protection
  • Design

In the following, we will explain what these individual criteria mean exactly.

Size

Depending on the size of your window or balcony door, you will need an insect screen with the right dimensions. It is not that easy to determine the right size. When measuring, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Different insect screen models require different measurements for comparison with the product dimensions.

If you are unsure, you can also have insect screens made to measure. Ask for a professional to come to your home to take measurements so that the finished blinds fit perfectly.

Material

There are various materials that the net fabric of the insect screen can be made of. Despite its fine structure, plastic is particularly translucent. It is also environmentally friendly and chemically harmless.

Material Notes
Plastic Translucent and fine structure
Fibreglass Durable and weather-resistant
Stainless steel mesh Very stable and UV-resistant

Fibreglass mesh fabrics are actually made of fibreglass coated with plastic. They are durable and weather-resistant. Depending on the material, you can choose fine threads, as with plastic.

Depending on the colour, stainless steel mesh is either made of pure stainless steel or stainless steel coated with PVC. Insect screens with stainless steel mesh are very stable and also UV-resistant. They are therefore ideal for outdoor use or highly frequented doors.

Did you know that there is pet fabric for insect screens?

To ensure that the insect screen is durable even in households with animals, there is special, tear-resistant fibreglass fabric. It has a higher thread strength and is therefore scratch-resistant.

Operation

When operating insect screens, you can distinguish between manual and electric operation. In the following we explain what distinguishes these two types.

Manual

Manual insect screens are opened or closed by hand. On windows, the blinds are often closed from top to bottom, on doors from left to right. With manual insect screens, you don't have to worry about batteries or a failure of the technology.

On the other hand, they can sometimes be difficult to open. In addition, you have to remember to close the blind every time you open it. If things get hectic, this can be forgotten. The protection against insects is then no longer given.

Electric

Electric insect screens are operated wirelessly with a remote control or open automatically due to motion sensors. This is particularly practical on patio and balcony doors, because if you have your hands full, it is difficult to open and close only one door. In addition, the mechanism closes the door quickly behind you, so that insects have no time to get into the room.

However, electric insect screens are considerably more expensive than those with manual operation. High maintenance costs and technical problems can also be annoying. If you have children in the house, they should also learn that the electric insect screen is not a toy.

Sun and pollen protection

Particularly practical are insect screens that also act as sunshades and therefore provide some darkening. You get insect protection and a darkening effect at the same time with models whose grille is either a darker colour or has a special UV coating.

If you suffer from allergies and are plagued not only by insects but also by pollen in summer, an insect screen with pollen protection fabric can help you.

Such models are woven particularly densely, which means that less pollen enters the room. This means you can open the windows even when there is pollen. The roller blind remains closed, of course.

Design

You can choose between different designs for insect screens. Both the colour of the insect net and the rails or frame can be customised.

It doesn't have to be a black net fabric. You can also buy insect screens with grey or transparent fabric that is particularly translucent. (Image source: pixabay.com / Jörg Husemann)

Before buying, you have to decide whether you want a transparent net or a coloured net. Transparent nets are usually more expensive than conventional darker nets. Bear in mind that the colour influences the darkening effect of the insect screen.

Facts worth knowing about insect screens

How is an insect screen installed?

There are three different types of insect screens that can be installed:

  • On the frame
  • In the reveal
  • In front of the reveal

Due to the various installation options, there is no one correct way to install an insect screen.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions. You will also find special installation instructions and videos online for many models that can help you.

How is an insect screen cleaned?

There are various ways to clean your insect screen. You can use the following household remedies as cleaning tools:

  • Kitchen roll
  • Shoe brush
  • Nylon tights
  • Lint roller
  • Hoover
  • Hairdryer

Use kitchen roll, shoe brush or nylon tights to remove dirt from the insect screen in circular motions. To do this, pull the nylon tights over your hand like a glove or fold them into a cloth like the kitchen roll.

Use a lint roller to quickly remove cobwebs and coarse debris. To remove dust and pollen, use a hoover on low setting or a hairdryer on cold setting.

How can I build an insect screen myself?

In addition to the well-known home remedies for insect protection such as self-mixed anti-mosquito spray or traps for fruit flies, you can also build a window screen yourself. Since an insect screen itself is difficult to build due to the sliding technology, you should first concentrate on a fly screen.

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