We try to give as much information regarding our nets as possible, you should be fully informed of the different types and sizes before you purchase a mosquito net, generally mosquito nets can be split into several categories.
You need to take into a consideration a few points when purchasing a net, they come in various shapes and sizes, with or without hanging kits, also different mesh sizes and strengths.
Nearly all mosquito nets need something to hang on, ceilings, walls, rafters, tree,s etc, if you are in a large hall or room, you would have to use a pop up or a free hanging stand. For walls use a wedge net, all other shapes hang from above.
Not all nets come with hanging kits, but a typical hanging kit would comprise of a couple of metres of nylon, a few screw hooks and Gaffa tape
We have now designed a completly new Free standing mosquito net stand that will fit any bed, ideal for hanging any mosquito net from.
Material and Mesh size
Many types of materials are being used for making nets. The most common are: cotton, nylon, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic/cotton mixtures. These are either knitted or woven to create the netting material which is made into different shapes and sizes of nets, the world health organization recommends a a minimum of 156 holes per inch, you can buy nets up to 400 holes per inch, the more holes per inch, the heavier the net, and the less ventilation i.e. it is hotter sleeping under a 300 holes per inch net than a 200.
The strength of the thread expressed as the weight of 9 000 meters of thread in grams. Three options, 40, 75, 100 deniers are available at present. Of these, the 40 and 75 denier nets are too fragile. The 100 denier 156 mesh is the strongest providing more durability against wear, tear and use. The extra cost for this compared to the lower denier ones is considered worthwhile, hardly any manufacturers give denier details!
The more commonly used designs are the rectangular, conical, and wedge. Rectangular nets are multi point and are more spacious, reduing the chances of arms and legs touching nets. Rectangular nets are preferred over other styles because they allow a larger area of coverage inside the net, but they take more time to erect, so are not ideal for travel, but great for long stays and perfect for use in the home or holiday apartment.
For travel we would recommend conical, wedge, or pyramid shapes, as they are generally quicker, lighter and easier to hang, and are especially useful in smaller rooms.
We have erected all our nets on a normal size single bed (3ft x 6ft 2") to see how they fit, The cheaper minamilistic nets are the smallest especially the Adventurer and the compact, the backpacker sea to sumitt was suprisingly large) being very small, compact and very light, they are ideal for emergency use, indoors and outdoors, small camper beds, and can be used on a single bed but are not big enough to tuck edges under the mattress.
Permethren Treated nets
The efficacy of unwashed treated-nets may last about 6 months, allowing 6 monthly re treatments where year round protection is expected. Washing can remove about half the permethrin and more than half the insecticidal activity.
Deltamethrin Treated nets
Allow better adherence to the substrate and longer residual activity. Their use may be cheaper per individual net treatment. However they tend to be more toxic (than permethrin) to mammals and insects, again re treatment is necessary but last much longer 24 months or 35 washes.
- 1. Minimalist mosquito nets i.e. the smaller cheaper nets Ideal for travel
These nets are usually at the cheaper end of the scale, they are very lightweight and small and have less holes per inch, some are able to be used on a single bed, and by this I mean when erected all edges tucked under the mattress. The ones that are not able to be tucked under, can be still used on a single bed, but you would have to tuck the net under your sleeping bag etc.
- 2. Standard mosquito nets Ideal for travel
These nets are usually bigger in size and have less holes per inch, can easily tuck under a mattress, the actual packing size and weight is generally not much larger!
- 3. Standard mosquito nets Ideal for use in a more permanent situation, but still can be used for travel
These nets are usually a lot larger in size, are hung from several hanging points, so take longer to erect, the packing size is usually larger, they have a tendency to be used in a more permanent position, they can easily be tucked under the mattress.
- 4. Freestanding mosquito nets Ideal for use outdoors or in large halls etc
These nets are like small tents except they use mosquito netting in stead of material, they usually only come in a single size, are ideal for outdoor use, and large halls etc, the packed weight and size can sometimes put people off.
- 5. Pop up mosquito nets
These nets are again ideal for area's were there is nothing to hang a mosquito net too, there are two types available the large pop up that fits to a mattress and has a zip to get in and out of the net, can only be used with a mattress, or if used outdoors must be staked. the packing size is quite large and heavy.
The smaller pop up can be used anywhere, the pop up section only covers the chest and head, its packed size is smaller then the other one