Quick and Dirty Bug Net
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Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Quick and Dirty Bug Net on 07/31/2010 09:10:53 MDT Print View

Headed to Rae Lakes in a couple weeks and I need a quick and dirty solution to tarp camping in skeeter hell. I have a head net which i hope is okay for when I'm hiking. I planned on sleeping with the head net on, in my quilt, but maybe that's not good enough. Do they carry decent netting at local fabric stores?

Parameters: I'm stupid, broke and lazy do it must be easy, cheap and light.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Quick and Dirty Bug Net on 07/31/2010 11:11:20 MDT Print View

For just skeeters, fabric stores have toole, a net fabric for stuff like retro prom dresses. It's cheap, not durable, but very light. It usually comes in 48" or 54" widths. The 54 is wide enough to make a sort of tent. You could make it full length or half length, depending on how hot the weather will be. (what's worse, mosquitoes or sweating all night?) A simple tripod will keep the net off your face. Three pieces of gardener's bamboo (maybe 3/8 or 1/2" in diameter, 6 for $3 at Home Depot) will do. Cut 3 pieces to the length that works. Drill a hole at the end of each, run a cord through, tie a knot in both ends. Or use duct tape. Done. A tripod. Use small (4 or 5") stakes cut from coat hanger to hold the sides down. Just poke them through the net.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Quick and Dirty Bug Net on 07/31/2010 12:23:51 MDT Print View


Easy and light but what is your level of cheap?

Campmor has this;


Sorry for the huge link. :-(

Found this on Amazon;


You could cut it down to size. :-)

Check out the camping aisle of your local Academy Sports.

Party On,


Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Coghlan's on 07/31/2010 12:53:03 MDT Print View

+1/2 on the above suggestion--I'd suggest the Coghlan's hikers mosquito net (just search for that term in amazon) instead. I think it weighs 5 oz. It's easy to suspend from any tarp or your trekking poles.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Quick and Dirty Bug Net on 07/31/2010 14:19:14 MDT Print View

Quick and dirty is to guy some tulle, cut it to size and tuck in into your shirt as a headnet.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Quick and Dirty Bug Net on 07/31/2010 16:59:47 MDT Print View

I saw a Coleman head net in Walmart for $1.50. It weighed a fraction of an ounce, perhaps too flimsy to sleep in.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Coghlans Bug Net on 07/31/2010 22:03:11 MDT Print View

That Coghlans should fit the bill nicely. Thanks everyone for your help, I'm gonna need it!

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Cheap Mosquito Net on 08/09/2010 14:56:15 MDT Print View

At the Army Surplus I found a Stansport Mosquito Net, $20 and very light. I hope it works well, it only has 4 tie-out loops so it's hard to tell if it will actually seal well against the ground.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cheap Mosquito Net on 08/09/2010 15:24:28 MDT Print View

"...it's hard to tell if it will actually seal well against the ground."

That is why they invented rocks.

I slept this way on one trip. I put rocks around the inside of three sides. One long side was left unrocked so that I could come and go easily.


Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Works for me on 08/09/2010 15:27:03 MDT Print View

Hey, for $20 bucks, rocks works just fine with me!