Did you know that while there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes, only 3 are responsible for the spread of human diseases? Nevertheless, there are probably plenty of them around your area and you want to protect your household.
A great way to do so is to get mosquito netting of some sort. But there are actually several types available, so how do you know which one to buy?
In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the right mosquito net!
Mosquito Netting Fabric
First, let’s start off with the fabric. Most mosquito netting is made of synthetic materials, like polyester and polypropylene.
These materials are more durable but can be quite rough on the skin. If you’ve got skin sensitivities or your children will be using the mosquito net, you’ll want to look for something softer.
Types of Mosquito Nets
Next, let’s explore the types of mosquito nets available. This is perhaps the most important thing to consider since some types will be better for certain situations than others.
If you need a mosquito net for bed and you have a 4-post bed, these work very well. As the name suggests, the net looks like a box since it’s hung up from 4 corners.
You’ll get great coverage with a box net but unfortunately, it’s difficult to put up and takedown. Also, they take up a lot of space in storage.
A wedge mosquito net looks like a sideways piece of cake when you put it up. It’s easy to hang up, is inexpensive, and lightweight. It only needs 1 or 2 support points.
This type of mosquito net is best for people sleeping on their own since it doesn’t allow for much space inside.
The bell mosquito net (or mosquito net canopy) is similar to a wedge net but is a bit larger. You only need 1 suspension point and it has an internal spreader to make the net go across your entire bed.
What’s great is it looks nice as well, so you can potentially leave it up permanently. This might be a good idea, as it’s quite heavy and not easy to carry around.
A freestanding net is also known as a mosquito net tent. There are sub-styles and sizes, but in general, they look like a camping tent.
Freestanding nets are fantastic for camping because they don’t need support points and are very easy to assemble and pack.
If you need a mosquito net while on the go, consider getting a mosquito net hat. While it does keep mosquitos away from your face and neck, that’s the only coverage it gets. So you’ll have to wear protective clothing and insecticide for maximum effectiveness.
Buy the Right Mosquito Netting for Your Needs
Mosquito netting can really save your skin (literally), especially if you buy the right types. We hope this brief guide will help you properly equip your household to combat these pesky critters!
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