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On an oppressively warm summer night, you have no choice but to sleep with the window open. And pests such as mosquitoes, moths, flies and the like feel warmly invited and end up buzzing around the room like a dozen of them. But there is a perfect solution to this problem: a window fly screen!

There are many different models: from roller blinds, adhesive screens to fly screens with frames, everything is available. With such a fly screen, you can finally sleep in peace with the window wide open, and without waking up in the morning with itchy insect bites. In our product comparison, you can now get an overview of the different models.


  • Window fly screens are usually made of tear-resistant and weatherproof fibreglass. The finely woven mesh prevents insects, mosquitoes, flies or even spiders from entering.
  • Depending on the model, fly screens can vary greatly in price, quality and also in the way they are installed. While the inexpensive and easy-to-install adhesive screens are very popular, a fly screen roller blind can convince with its durability and above all with its functionality. Frame systems are also considered to be more stable variants compared to fly screens with adhesive or Velcro tape.
  • In addition to the type of installation, other criteria should also be taken into account when buying, such as UV resistance, air permeability, dimensions or colour. There are differences here too!

The Best Window Fly Screen: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for fly screens for windows

Since there are, as already mentioned, very different models of fly screens for windows, we have listed the most important criteria for you here. These will certainly make your purchase decision easier! Here we explain exactly what these 5 criteria are:

Type of installation

Depending on the model, window fly screens can differ greatly in the way they are installed. While adhesive screens require less effort, the installation of a fly screen roller blind naturally requires more work and time.

In any case, it is important that you read the installation instructions carefully before fixing. The list of different types of fly screens below also explains how much work is required to install each model.


Of course, you should make sure that the dimensions of the fly screen match your window. Especially in the case of a prefabricated frame model, the dimensions must not differ under any circumstances! In addition, there are also models where the fly screen net can be cut to size yourself.

This is of course very practical, because you can also attach the fly screen to doors or skylights, for example! The respective product usually states whether the fly screen is versatile and the dimensions can be adjusted accordingly, or not.

Removable or fixed

Another important point to be aware of in advance is whether the fly screen needs to be removable for your needs or not. While adhesive screens are the easiest to attach, they cannot be removed and are fixed to the window. Other models, such as frame systems, on the other hand, can usually simply be unhooked.

However, the installation of this type of window fly screen is often much more complex. You must therefore decide for yourself which factors are most important for your use.

Air permeability

There are also differences in air permeability. In principle, the finer the fabric of the fly screen, the more air will pass through. For better air circulation, we recommend a mesh size of 1.4 by 1.2 millimetres.

This way you can be sure that your fly screen is breathable. The mesh of your fly screen should not be too coarse! This makes it easier for the little animals to get into your home. Pay particular attention to the quality of your window fly screen!

UV resistance

UV resistance is also important. If the material of your fly screen window is not UV-resistant enough, the net will fade very quickly. This in turn leads to a net with holes, which is of course counterproductive. In this respect, the more UV-resistant your screen is, the longer it will last!

This is an important point to bear in mind, especially with skylights. Here, the sun's rays are stronger. Dark colours in particular tend to fade. In this way, their actual purpose is automatically lost: namely, shielding the room from light and heat.

Guide: Frequently asked questions on the subject of window fly screens answered in detail

In the following section, we have listed and answered the most frequently asked questions on the subject of window fly screens. This should give you an even deeper insight into the topic.

What is a window fly screen and what is it suitable for?

A window fly screen is a device that prevents flies, mosquitoes, insects and spiders from entering a room. It is a finely woven net or screen that can be attached to a window or door in different ways.

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The fabric of the fly screen must never be too coarsely woven. Otherwise the little animals will always find their way back into your bedroom. (Image source: pixabay / lksuperboy)

Adhesive or frame systems are often used for this purpose. The material of the net is usually made of tear-resistant and weatherproof fibreglass.

What types of window fly screens are there?

There are very different models of window fly screens. We explain the most important things about the three most common models here.

The adhesive screen is the most popular fly screen model. This has to do with its easy installation. The fly screen can be cut to size yourself and thus adapted to the specific dimensions of your window. It is then usually attached to the window frame with Velcro or adhesive tape. The disadvantage, however, is that many adhesive screens are neither very durable nor reusable and tend to leave adhesive residue.

Fly screen windows with frames can score points above all with their high stability. In addition, most fly screens with frame systems can be reused by simply hanging and unhanging them. In this model, the net is already stretched on a stainless steel or aluminium frame. Some frame systems can also be adapted in terms of size. Despite many positive points, the fly screen window with frame has the following disadvantages: a frame system is not only more cost-intensive than, for example, the adhesive screen - the installation is also often much more complex.

The durable fly screen roller blinds are also very popular because they are very practical. They work in exactly the same way as a normal privacy blind. Nevertheless, we must also note here that such models belong to the more expensive price range and their installation is also somewhat more complicated.

What does a window fly screen cost?

The prices of window fly screens can vary greatly. The table below gives you a rough overview of the different price ranges in which the individual model types are found.
Model price range
Adhesive screen 6-20 Euro
Fly screen with frame system 15-80 Euro
Fly screen roller blind 25-200 Euro

As you can see, the easy-to-install adhesive screens are the cheapest option. If you opt for a more stable and durable model, you will have to dig deeper into your pocket. Fly screen roller blinds in particular are very cost-intensive. Nevertheless, this model is clearly the most pleasant and practical to use.

Does the colour of the window fly screen make a difference?

Yes, and not only visually. It all depends on whether you want to darken the room or not. In the latter case, it is of course advisable to opt for light colours. Light colours also offer a slight privacy screen. The disadvantage here, however, is that white fly screens can still be seen even from a greater distance, which could be visually disturbing. This is less the case with dark colours.

In addition, dark fly screens make sense especially for skylights, because they block the sun's rays and thus the room is less heated. The colours black or anthracite are often used for this purpose.

Do window fly screens need to be cleaned?

White fly screens in particular should always be cleaned. This is because dirt is naturally easier to see on light colours. Dark colours, on the other hand, are somewhat easier to care for in this respect. Especially with window fly screens with frame systems, cleaning is very easy.

You can simply place such a fly screen in the shower, the bathtub, the garden or on the terrace and spray it down with water. When everything is dry, you can easily and conveniently hang it up again. It's not so easy with adhesive netting.

Sometimes you can wash the net in the washing machine at 30 degrees and then reuse it. But afterwards, it may well be that the adhesive strength is no longer there and you will have to buy a new fly screen for your window.


To finally get rid of the annoying pests in your home, the purchase of a fly screen is a good solution. When buying, pay attention to the quality of the fabric. It should be very fine and never too coarsely meshed, otherwise the small insects will always find their way back into your home.

Think about the purchase criteria! What exactly should the fly screen for your window do? For example, is it intended for a skylight? Then a practical fly screen roller blind in a dark colour is recommended. Or are you looking for a privacy screen for your office that also keeps insects away? Then the white version is a good alternative. So consider these questions before you buy. This will help you find the perfect fly screen for your window.

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