Choosing a Mosquito Net

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Are you travelling in the tropics, worried about malaria, don't want to be eaten alive, travelling with children, confused by bells and boxes or perplexed by permethrin?   Let SafariQuip's Mosquito Net Guide help you choose which net is most suitable for you.

Guide to What You Need To Know About Mosquito Nets
 

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Self Supporting Mosquito Nets

Description: Self supporting mosquito nets use special flexible wire hoops or metal or plastic wands to make a stiff frame that suspends the net over the user much like a tent. They don't require any other form of support. Some self supporting mosquito nets also have a sewn-in base so that the interior of the net is completely enclosed.

Advantages: Do not require net frames, hooks, string, ladders, improvisation or clips in order to be erected. Can be set up quickly or packed away. Can be used on a bed, in a tent or on the ground, indoors or out. Some have sewn in groundsheets and so give all round protection from crawling bugs, small snakes and scorpions as well as flying insects. They can also be used outdoors in windy conditions.

Disadvantages: Because they include poles or hoops to support the net they are heavier, bulkier and generally more expensive than similar sized conventional nets. The poles or hoops don't squash or bend easily so packing, particularly in a rucksack, is harder. The poles or hoops can be damaged and are hard to repair. Tend to have a smaller volume than bell and box nets so there is less air circulation, making relatively warmer to sleep in.

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Geonet Mosquito Net

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
1.5kg
Size:
215cm x 90cm x 75cm
Special Features:
  • Geodesic dome design
  • Light weight
  • Aluminium shock-corded frame
  • Built-in groundsheet
  • Ultra-fine mesh
Suitability:
  • Ideal for backpacking and outdoors.
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Mosquito Tent

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Treated:
Yes
Weight:
1.65kg
Size:
215cm x 77cm x 110cm
Special Features:
  • Hooped dome design
  • Shock-corded frame
  • Waterproof built-in groundsheet
Suitability:
  • Highly versatile
  • Backpackable
  • Use indoors or out on a mat, bed or ground.

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Pop-up Mosquito Net

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Treated:
Yes
Weight:
420g
Size:
2.5m x 86cm x 61cm
Special Features:
  • No put up time, take it out the bag and it pops up!
  • Used in a tent, on a bed, or on the ground
  • Tear-resistant skirt
  • Stuff band sewn-in
  • Pre-treated
Suitability:
  • Tents
  • Small beds
  • Use directly on the ground
  • Ideal for backpacking and outdoors
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Arc-2 Travel Cot

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Treated:
No
Weight:
2.25kg
Size:
113cm x 85cm x 72cm
Special Features:
  • Safe environment for children
  • Very good ventilation
  • Panels unzip for easy access
  • Safety toggles to prevent child unzipping
  • Wide base and poles for excellent stability
  • Mattress included.
Suitability:
  • Absolutley anywhere - a totally self-contained safe environment for your child

 

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Wedge & Ridge Mosquito Nets

Description: Wedge shaped mosquito nets are like a wedge or slice of cake on it's side. The high end provides space for the user while the low end drapes over the sleeping bag or bedding.

Advantages: Simple and inexpensive. Easy to put up and take down because they need only one or two, low level supporting points. Can be hung close to or even from a wall making them easy to position even when space is limited. Can be used in many tents. Lightweight, compact and easily to pack and carry because they use less fabric and fit in smaller spaces. Suitable when moving from place to place.

Disadvantages: Have a relatively small enclosed volume so less air circulation and more stuffy than the bigger bednets.

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Ultranet Mosquito Net

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Treated:
Yes
Weight:
220g
Size:
200cm x 85cm x 135cm
Special Features:
  • Compact + Light
  • Tear-resistant skirt
  • Single Support
Suitability:
  • Single beds
  • Camp beds
  • On the ground
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MicroNet Mosquito Net Single

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Treated:
Yes
Weight:
300g
Size:
210cm x 100cm x 160cm
Special Features:
  • Single hanging point for easy put-up
Suitability:
  • Single beds
  • Youth hostels

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MicroNet Mosquito Net Double

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
375g
Size:
210cm x 160cm x 160cm
Special Features:
  • Single hanging point for easy put-up
Suitability:
  • Double beds
  • Hotels
  • Hostels
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Expedition RidgeNet Mosquito Net

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
500g
Size:
225cm x 120cm x 150cm
Special Features:
  • Exceeds WHO specs for quality
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple hanging points
Suitability:
  • Single beds
  • Camp beds
  • On the ground
  • Ideal for backpacking and outdoors

 

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Bell Mosquito Nets

Description: Bell mosquito nets are shaped like a bell with a high, single suspension point and spreading out to cover the bed. They usually have an internal spreader a short distance below the apex to increase the volume and improve the hang of the net. The lower edge of the net may have a skirt of heavier fabric that serves the twin task of weighting the net to improve hang and reinforcing the net where wear and potential damage are greatest.

Advantages: Needing only a single high level suspension point makes the net relatively easy to erect. Large enclosed volume creates a cool and airy space over the bed. The way bell mosquito nets drape makes them very versatile and able to work on a wide range of bed sizes and shapes. Suitable for use in both temporary and permanent locations. Very attractive, so used as a bedroom interior decoration feature.

Disadvantages: Use a lot of fabric and often have a spreader, so tend to be heavy and bulky to carry around. Need a high and fairly strong suspension point to hang the net from.

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Double Bell Mosquito Net

Treated:
No
Weight:
950g
Size:
H: 2.4m, Circ: 8.2m
Special Features:
  • Simple, low cost
  • Suitable for double + single beds, and sleeping bags
  • Tear-resistant skirt
  • Untreated
Suitability:
  • Double Beds
  • Anywhere with suitable fixed locations
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DuoNet Bell Mosquito Net

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Treated:
Yes
Weight:
570g
Size:
H: 2.1m, Circ: 8.5m
Special Features:
  • Ex-8 impregnated
  • Hexagonal ripstop mesh
  • Spring-steel hooped system
Suitability:
  • Double Beds
  • Anywhere with suitable fixed locations

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HoopNet Bell Mosquito Net King

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
700g
Size:
H: 2.40m, Circ: 12.0m
Special Features:
  • Ex-8 impregnated
  • Hexagonal ripstop mesh
  • Spring-steel hooped system
Suitability:
  • King size and double beds anywhere with suitable space and fixings
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Cot Mosquito Net Bell

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
670g
Size:
H: 1.40m, Circ: 5.6m
Special Features:
  • Very fine mesh netting
  • Deltamethrin treatment
  • Spring-steel hooped system
Suitability:
  • Baby size bell to provide good protection for a cot

 

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Box Mosquito Nets

Description: Box mosquito nets have a rectangular shape that fits the bed and is suspended from the four top corners and usually from along the top edges also. They are hung from a special mosquito net frame located above the bed. They usually have a skirt made of heavier fabric to weight the net and reinforce the net where wear and damage are most common. Most suited to indoor use in a permanent location eg long term accomodation, hotel, hospital, etc.

Advantages: Spacious and comfortable with the largest enclosed volume of any net style. This allows greater air circulation and hence is cooler.

Disadvantages: Difficult to put up and take down. Requires multiple points of support and is usually attached to a purpose built frame. Heavy due to the large amount of fabric used in this style.

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BoxNet Mosquito Net Double

Treated:
Yes
Weight:
650g
Size:
200cm x 160cm x 150cm
Special Features:
  • Ex-8 impregnated
  • Multiple hanging points
  • Maximum room inside
Suitability:
  • Double Beds
  • Hotels
  • Apartments
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Cot Mosquito Net Box

Treated:
No
Weight:
350g
Size:
135cm x 75cm x 120cm
Special Features:
  • No chemicals
  • 4 hanging points
  • Maximum room inside
Suitability:
  • Hangs or drapes over most cots
  • Gives good protection from insects

 

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Mosquito Head Net

Special Features:
Simple low cost solution
Suitability:
Staying safe and sane when attacked by midges or mosies
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Midge & Mosquito Head Net

Special Features:
Easy to carry and use
Suitability:
Staying safe and sane when attacked by midges or mosies

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Micro Midge Head Net

Special Features:
Small size for easy carrying
Suitability:
Staying safe and sane when attacked by midges or mosies
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Bush Hat with Head Net

Special Features:
The complete solution, the brim keeps space between the net and face
Suitability:
Staying safe and sane when attacked by midges or mosies

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Head Net Hat

Special Features:
The complete solution, the brim keeps the sun and the net off your face
Suitability:
Staying safe and sane when attacked by midges or mosies
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Mosquito Net Hanging Kit

Special Features:
Everything you need to hang your net up in the widest range or locations
Suitability:
Hanging any non self-supporting mosquito net
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EX8 Net Treatment

Special Features:
Treated nets are recommended by the WHO for extra protection
Suitability:
Treating and re-treating any mosquito net

 

Mosquito Net Glossary and Terms

Homestyle Mosquito Nets Travel Mosquito Nets

Strong, durable, and spacious nets with good air circulation making them cooler in hot climates, however heavier and bulkier than travel nets so better suited to more permanent and fixed locations. Example: Box Nets and Bell Nets

Mosquito Net Mesh Size

Different nettings have different hole sizes. The size of the holes determines what size of insects are kept out and airflow and hence the temperature that the inside of the net reaches.

Hole size is a compromise between comfort and blocking insects. The larger the holes, the more breathable the net, thus the more comfortable, but larger holes mean that more insects can get through and bite you.

Smaller holes, while preventing almost all insects from penetrating to biting level, prevent air recycling, and are therefore much more clammy and hot to sleep in.

Mosquito Net Treatment

Some mosquito nets are treated with Permethrin or longer lasting pyrethroids like Deltamethrin or Durallin help enhance their protective qualities. Permethrin is a naturally found insecticide with an excellent safety record and has been used for decades. The pyrethroids are synthetic insecticides, similar chemically to Permethrin but stronger, longer lasting and able to resist being washed out. They are sometimes considered as "permanent" and able to last the life of the net.

Permethrin and pyrethroid net treatment is recommended by the World Health Organisation and has three key benefits: it reduces the number of insects within a room (and hence risk of bites and disease), it deters insects from biting through the netting, it helps protect the users of a damaged or poorly erected nets.

Pyrethroid treatments can last a couple of years and numerous washes before any re-treatment is needed. A Permethrin treatment lasts approximately 6 months depending on net storage and use. By using a re-treatment kit , you can ensure your Mosquito Net is always protecting you.

Travel Mosquito Nets

Less spacious but lightweight and versatile, making these nets perfect for overnight/short stay use. Most come with their own small stuff sack so are easy to store or pack. Fit easily in luggage or rucksacks. Example: Wedge Nets and Self Supporting Nets

Mosquito Net Volume

The available space inside your Mosquito Net can affect temperature and general comfort significantly.

A Box Net provides easily the largest volume. There is plenty of space to stay cool, and sufficient room to move around.

A Bell Net is easier to erect, and provides only slightly less space due to the spreader and extra height.

A Wedge Net is smaller still, with little space at the base of the bed. They're much smaller and easier to pack away, and there's still plenty of room around your upper body.

The smallest nets are Dome or Self-Supporting nets. They have less space and are built primarily for travellers in need of a versatile and low-weight net.

Mosquito Net Fabrics

Mosquito Netting is usually made from polyamide (nylon), polyester (terylene) or cotton.

Cotton is not widely used now on account of low tear strength and low resistance to damp and mould. Despite this, cotton, due to the "hairy" nature of cotton thread, works well at blocking insects and is very resistant to degradation by UV (sunlight).

Polyamide and polyester nets are the most common net material nowadays having very high strengths, low weight and high resistance to damp or humid conditions.

Recently, nets from monofilament threads have begun to appear on the market. These are cheap to produce but have a lot of disadvantages and are not recommended. The net structure is easily damaged and distorted making irregular and potentially insect large holes, also they do not hold permethrin treatment well. They can be recognised by an appearance similar to knitted fishing line.

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