Summer ushers in warm weather, alfresco dining, and the unwelcome company of numerous insects. However, the use of insect screens provides an effective way to keep these critters at bay while enjoying a pleasant breeze on hot days. It may seem like a simple concept, but how do insect screens work? First, let us explore why we have seen increased demand in recent years.
The UK and insects
Unlike the common trend in the US, the UK typically relies less on air conditioning systems and more on opening windows and doors to regulate indoor temperatures.
It's a little-known fact that the UK is home to approximately 27,000 distinct insect species. More worryingly, did you know global warming is increasing the population of house flies?
Global warming is boosting the population of insects because their body temperatures rise with the surrounding environment, making them more energetic during warm weather. As a result, the incubation period for most fly eggs shortens in hot weather, leading to an upsurge in the insect population trying to infiltrate buildings through open doors and windows.
There are numerous ways homeowners try to ward off flies, such as using different scents or a sandwich bag filled with water and copper coins, but only insect screens provide 100% protection. For this reason, it's more important than ever to install insect screens for windows and glass doors.
How do insect screens work?
Insect screens, also known as fly screens, are designed to stop insects from entering a room and crawling over surfaces or contaminating food. The insect screens we produce are crafted from hygienic white aluminium extrusions and glass fibre mesh coated in PVC.
This mesh is extremely proficient at halting insects, ensuring they cannot pass through. The small gaps in the mesh allow a cool breeze to enter, ventilating the room. What's more, the mesh is designed for easy cleaning, is resistant to decay, and also boasts flame-retardant properties.
Insect screens for commercial kitchens
Regulations under The Food Safety Act mandate that food preparation areas should have insect-proof screens on windows and doors that can be opened to the outdoors. Not only does this ensure compliance, but it also serves as a beneficial preventative measure.
Without fly screens, kitchens may need to discard food that has been touched by flies. Additionally, customers risk being served food tainted with an unpleasant surprise, a scenario that could potentially damage the reputation of the involved restaurant.
In summer, commercial kitchens are extremely hot due to the heat produced by various kitchen appliances like ovens, grills, fryers and hobs. By installing insect screens, kitchens can enjoy much-needed ventilation without worrying about insect contamination, thus maintaining a more comfortable working environment for staff.
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We manufacture four products within our range of insect screens which are frequently fitted to windows and doors of food preparation areas and offices, hotels and homes.
- F30 insect screen with sidewinder
- F32 insect screen with slow rise spring
- F40 single-door insect screen
- F40D double-door insect screen
If you would like a fast quote or advice about the best insect screen for your environment, please get in touch.