I love having windows and doors open in the summer letting the fresh air flow through the house. Everything is a lot fresher that way and it keeps the house cool in hot weather. One of the biggest downsides though is that flies get in. This is a pain in the neck for us as we have catfood down in the kitchen and I am always having to throw away catfood because flies have laid their eggs in it. In our area food waste isn’t to go in the normal black bin bags and it’s collected separately, so depending on the time of the week, you could easily have your food waste container crawling with maggots. Don’t even get me started on the irritating noise they make. I think you can see why I hate flies in the house.
I’d not really thought about how I could deal with keeping flies out before. The only things I was aware of were those fly screen curtains: you know the coloured material strip kind and the more industrial metal types that professional kitchens use. I wasn’t sure either were the right thing for my home. So when DIY Flyscreens got in touch, I was interested to read about their product. They sent me a code and I tried the order process out. It was really easy to do and within a few days are screen was with us.
We decided to order a screen for the study window. This is the room I spend most of my day in as it’s where I’m writing this. It’s a room that can get hot and stuffy in the summer because it’s south-facing and has a big window. I loved the idea of being able to sit at my desk and have a breeze come in to cool me down without bringing any unwelcome insects with it. Another benefit that I could see is that I think it will discourage my cats from jumping up onto the open window and worrying me half to death that they are going to fall (just to be clear DIY Flyscreens don’t guarantee it will stop bigger animals like that, but I think the screen will put them off jumping up because they will be able to see it.
As you can see the screen looks like a uPVC window frame when it arrives through the post. The instructions for installation are on the website and do not come with the flyscreen. This was fine for us as we were putting up the screen in the study with easy access to the computer, but you’d need to be able to access the instructions on a more mobile device elsewhere in the house. The screen was pretty easy to fit. You slot it together. Check it is the right size. Remove the adhesive strips and attach it to your window frame. You can then adjust how far you want the screen to open and how quickly you want it to retract. We wished we’d done this process while the frame was still on the ground as it took a little while to adjust, which is a bit challenging when you are standing on you tippy toes to turn the knob.
This is a quality, bespoke product which is made to fit your window, so it’s one to use for key windows or doors. It does a really effective job and seems robust to keep flies out of my home for many years to come. Another plus point is that it blends in well with my existing white window frames. You wouldn’t really notice it was there when the window is closed as it blends in. I’m very happy with the quality, fit and service of this product.
Update June 2020: I’ve had this product installed for 5 years now and it looks and works like brand new still. It’s been really effective at keeping flies out and you get the benefit of the open window too. I am seriously considering buying one for my patio door.