What Causes Flies in Your Roof Lantern?


Roof lanterns are a fantastic addition to any home, bringing in natural light and creating an open, airy atmosphere. 

However, the joy of a well-lit space can quickly turn into frustration when you find unwanted guests buzzing around – flies. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the reasons behind these pesky intruders and explore effective methods to keep your roof lantern fly-free.

(If you’re looking for a roof lantern that is stylish and has terrific energy ratings, we’d recommend taking a look at our extremely popular Atlas roof lanterns range)

Why are there flies in my roof lantern? 

Here are 2 of the main reasons why you have flies in your roof lantern: 


Flies are attracted to warmth, and your roof lantern can become a cosy haven for them. The sunlight streaming through the glass warms up the space, creating an inviting environment for flies seeking refuge from cooler outdoor temperatures.


The bright light emitted by your roof lantern is another factor that draws flies. Insects are naturally attracted to sources of light, and your lantern, acting as a beacon in the dark, becomes an irresistible attraction for them.

All our roof lanterns are supplied with self-cleaning glass as standard, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning them. 

How to stop flies in your roof lantern 

Now that we understand why flies are making themselves at home in your roof lantern, here are a few effective strategies to help you bid them farewell: 

Fly Spray 

One of the quickest ways to eliminate flies is by using a reliable fly spray. These sprays are specially formulated to repel and kill flies on contact. Be sure to choose a product that is safe for indoor use and follow the instructions carefully to ensure effective application without compromising your living environment.

Bug Zappers 

Bug zappers are an electrically charged solution to your fly problem. These devices attract flies with UV light and then zap them with a low-voltage electric current. Placing a bug zapper strategically near your roof lantern can significantly reduce the fly population in the area.

Fly Swatter 

Sometimes, the classic methods are the most effective. A fly swatter is a manual and cost-effective way to deal with flies. Keep one handy and, whenever you spot a fly, give it a swift swat. It may require some precision, but it’s a satisfying and immediate solution.

Hang Nets 

Prevention is better than cure. Hanging fine mesh nets over your roof lantern can act as a barrier, preventing flies from entering the space. Ensure that the nets are securely fastened to avoid any mishaps, and enjoy a fly-free environment.

We offer a 10 year guarantee as standard across all of our roof lanterns, along with the option to customise your lantern. 

Fly Paper 

Sticky fly paper is a simple yet effective solution. Hang strips of fly paper near your roof lantern, and flies will be naturally attracted to the adhesive surface, eliminating them without the need for chemicals.

Cleaning Your Space 

Regularly clean the area around your roof lantern to remove any potential food sources or breeding grounds for flies. Wipe down surfaces, empty trash bins promptly, and keep food stored in sealed containers to discourage flies from making your space their home.

Rid Your Home of Flies 

One way to stop flies getting to your roof lantern is by implementing various methods to prevent flies from entering your home. A few of these methods may include the following: 

  • Installing screens on windows and doors. This will allow you to let in fresh air, without inviting uninvited insect guests. When purchasing screens, make sure they are free of holes or damages that could provide an entry point for flies. 
  • Maintaining a clean kitchen. As the kitchen is often a hotspot for flies, by simply keeping your kitchen clean and regularly emptying the bins, you’re removing 

In conclusion, dealing with flies in your roof lantern requires a multi-faceted approach. Addressing the warmth and brightness that attract flies, combined with the strategic placement of deterrents and regular cleaning, will help you reclaim your space and enjoy the full benefits of your roof lantern. 

Whether you opt for traditional fly swatters or modern bug zappers, taking proactive measures will ensure a fly-free and comfortable living environment.

If you’re looking for a roof lantern with a stylish design that will match your home’s aesthetics, feel free to book a visit to our Teesside showroom by calling us on 01642 309576. You’ll be able to see our lanterns in person, helping you to make the best choice for you. 

For more information on roof lanterns, click here to check out our Roof lantern guides.

FAQs about flies in your roof lantern 

Are flies in roof lanterns a common problem? 

Yes, flies in roof lanterns are a common issue, especially in warmer seasons. The warmth and brightness of the space make it an attractive spot for flies seeking refuge. 

Do flies cause any problems in roof lanterns? 

While flies themselves may not damage the roof lantern, their presence can be irritating and unhygienic. Additionally, they can create a nuisance if you use the space for dining or relaxation.

What are some natural ways to deter flies in roof lanterns? 

Some natural ways to deter flies in roof lanterns can be via: 

  • Essential Oils: Flies are repelled by certain scents, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or citronella. Mixing these essential oils with water and spraying the solution around your roof lantern can act as a natural deterrent. 
  • Plants: Consider placing potted plants like basil, mint or lavender near your roof lantern. These plants not only add a touch of greenery but also emit scents that flies find unpleasant.
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