How to Install a Fly Screen Yourself

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As the warmer months approach, spring is in the air. The days are growing longer and the trees are starting to hint at blooming. While this is a welcome development, it also brings the threat of flies and insects getting inside your property. You don’t want to allow pests inside your home, and if you work in certain industries you are required to have insect screening. If you have the necessary technical skills, you don’t have to have a professional complete your fly screen installation. We supply parts so that you can install a fly screen yourself.

Why do you need a fly screen?

Fly and insect screens are essential if you work in certain industries. If you work in a business that produces or deals with food in any capacity, you need to ensure that you are compliant with all relevant regulation on insect screening.

You might also want to install fly screening at your own home or in your business if you live in an area that is particularly susceptible to insects. This might be the case if you live near a water source such as a river or lake. Even living near fields that are used for particular crops and livestock can increase the risk of flies and insects.

What do you need to install a fly screen?

Installing a fly screen yourself takes a few requisite parts, and a knowledge of how to fit them together. A fly screen is made of a few elements. Fundamentally, these are the screen itself, which is a kind of mesh, and the frame that surrounds and holds the mesh.


Fix the frame of the screen together with corner keys.

Lay the mesh over the rear part of the completed frame.

Place the rubber spline into the grove on the back of the frame to keep the mesh in place.

Place the assembled screen in place on the fitted screen hinges

Close them in place with the supplied turn screws.


Safety Screens provide a range of screen options for you to do yourself. However, if you do not feel confident that you can install a fly screen, or you have started the process but aren’t sure you can finish it, we are also experts in specialist installation. At Safety Screens, we can arrange, organise and install a fly screen or other pest control screen at your home or place of business. Our technicians are experts in fitting screens to all sorts of windows. No matter how awkward, difficult to reach or complicated in shape, our experts have years of experience in finding solutions.

Installing a fly screen yourself is not suitable for everyone. If you have a particularly difficult window, or a space that is an irregular shape, then you may not be able to fit it yourself. Equally, if you find that you have not measured the space quite right, then our technicians can make on the spot changes – which you may not be able to do yourself.

Whether you want help with installation, or you are confident in doing it yourself, get in touch with Safety Screens to discuss your options today.