The different types of fly screens and how to select the best for your needs

There’s nothing worse than a house full of flies. And if you have kids, you know that flies are a huge problem. Flies love to land on food and make a mess, they can carry disease, and they’re just plain annoying. That’s why fly screens are so important to have in any home, especially with young children—even more so if you live in areas where flies are prevalent.

We’ve put together this guide to help you figure out what type of fly screen is best for your needs so that you can ensure that you invest in one before it is too late.


The different types of insect nets

When choosing an insect net for your home, you’ll want to consider the different types and what they’re best suited for.

There are  the four main types:

1. Fibreglass mesh screens

Fibreglass mesh is a woven wire mesh. It’s a lightweight material, but it’s also durable and flexible. A fibreglass screen is corrosion resistant, UV resistant, fire resistant, and more.

2. Stainless steel mesh screens

If you live in a coastal area or have been to the beach recently, you know that flies can be a real problem. The salt air and sand are a bad combination for most insect nets. Stainless steel is an excellent choice because it is durable and long-lasting. It also has another advantage—it comes with an easy-clean surface! Simply wipe your stainless steel fly screen with soapy water and paper towels. No more scrubbing!

3. Aluminium mesh screen

Aluminium mesh is extremely durable and can last for up to 15 years. It is also easy to clean and will not get damaged by insects like the other types.

4. The pet net

The pet one is usually made from vinyl-coated polyester, durable and lightweight. If you love the look of your house but have small pets that need some privacy, these are the best option for you. 

How to select the best fly screens for your needs

When selecting the best fly screen for your needs, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • Type of fly screen. Insect-repellent nets can be made from any material but will only repel insects when used with insect repellent products. Insect-proof screens are usually made from metal mesh and can be used without additional chemicals.
  • Size. The size will depend on where you want it installed and how much space you have available for installation. It’s generally easier to find smaller sizes than larger ones, so if you need a large one, make sure it will fit into your window before buying!
  • Location of installation site – A good rule of thumb when purchasing windows is “the further away from where I sit or stand, the better.” So if possible we should try avoiding areas like dining rooms or kitchens where food preparation takes place and bedrooms.

The common housefly is more than an annoyance, so choosing the right insect net for your windows and doors is essential. Thankfully, you should have no problem selecting the perfect fly screen for your next project with the information above!



Dean Kaplan
Dean Kaplan
Dean Kaplan is president of The Kaplan Group, a commercial collection agency specializing in large claims and international transactions. He has 35 years of manufacturing, international business leadership and customer service experience. Today, he provides business planning, training and consultation to a variety of global companies.

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