Introduction: Single Person Mosquito Net

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This mosquito shelter is made from a couple fiber glass rods, rope, and aluminum tubing. I bought 4 yards of mosquito mesh at Hancock Fabrics for about $20.00. It's an easy project and very simple to set up. No sewing required!

Step 1: Fiber Glass Rod Protective Covering

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Fiber glass rod is strong and flexible which is a must for this project. Problem is, you get invisible splinters from handing it. To fix that I gutted 3/8" rope and used the sheath to cover the rod. Next I sealed them in by crimping and melting the ends. Even better, they now fit snug into the tubes they'll go in. 

Step 2: Tent Pole Connectors

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I got this aluminum tubing at Home Depot. I cut 4, 4" sections with a pipe cutter. Next I removed the burs with a file and drilled out a hole 10mm from the bottom edge. 

Step 3: Form Eyelets in the Stakes

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I placed the hooked end of a stake in a vise and closed it along with a socket. This created the needed loop for the connectors. After slipping the hook on, I closed it the rest of the way. The tube should fold freely for storage. 

Step 4: Rope Rings

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The ends of the shelter are gathered together and threaded through these rope rings. To make them I cut two 6" sections and fused the ends together with a torch. Make sure the stake is included in the loop. 

Step 5: Cut the Net to Length

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I figured out the length by rounding my height up to the nearest foot and doubling it. This net is 12' long. So about 3' will hang over the supports on each side. Nothing fancy about cutting. Just a pair of scissors. 

Step 6: Set It Up

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Hammer in the stakes as far apart as you are tall. Make sure they are close enough to form an arch with the fiber glass rods. Gather the ends of the net together and thread them through the rope rings. Anchor the ring stakes into the ground. Drape the net over and pull it tight. I used a constrictor knot and a fish bone to get the tension right. 


ejsilver26 (author)2015-07-05

What is the weight of this? I'm looking at bug-net options.

sadams16 (author)2015-06-19

Great build some folks with bed bugs might want to protect themselves from the pest by using this net. They also could build bed bug traps that produce CO2 give the little bastards a place to die rather than provide them with a meal to make more bugs.

We never had them but you can get them from a movie theatre, health club, any store where the bugs are brought in by people or pets. It does not mean you are unclean if you get them it just means that yo ugot them now you need to get rid of them.

spark master (author)2015-06-15

Nice project but skeeters and other nasties live in the grass, so a bottom tarp is preferred. nice job!

mojomoon (author)2015-06-14

I LOVE it!!!! You're very creative & practical!

ooohlaa (author)2014-08-18

wow, fabulous idea, execution and photos/instruction. For me in FL, the fire ants would be thrilled to have me all to themselves so I definitely would need a ground cover. Thanx

mommywoman (author)2014-06-17

Lt Greg, I think he did a great job and the project is plenty neat and clean. If you prefer the Hennesey than stick with that. I like this one as is cause it requires little skill and looks very "finished".

MAF405 (author)2014-03-30

very good idea

bakdrft (author)2014-01-11

Nice Work!

gpavlovsky (author)2013-10-15

The end result looks really good (and I like the red color you used).
I wonder what kind of stores sell fiberglass poles? I'm in provincial Thailand, might be not easy to find that (as well as the net fabric)...

bgepp1 (author)2013-10-01

very very nice. I love how you covered those plastic stakes with the nylon rope jacketing

mslaynie (author)2013-09-30

Sweet!! I'm gonna forward this to my dad, as he's getting into hiking and backpacking again. Your stuff is always so clean and well-made! Fantastic, as usual. :D

alcurb (author)2013-09-27

Very cool and a very necessary thing when going out camping in the Everglades. I suggest a bottom netting as well because you will also get creepy crawlies bugs from the ground: ants, ticks, roaches, etc

How do you deal with the infiltrated flying insects at night when you crawl in? Seems you have very little room to deal with these tiny invaders.

wdsims63 (author)2013-09-27

I have some fiberglass poles from an old tent that is worn out. I could repurpose those for the supports.
Good job including the fishbone. I have been wondering what I am going to use mine for.

the4kark (author)2013-09-24

Way neat! You should do one in a hammock!

AmyCat59 (author)the4kark2013-09-26

If your hammock has spreader bars, you could probably mount the arching fiberglass poles to the spreader-bar ends, and tie the ends of the net to the attachment points where the hammock material connects to the support ropes. It would probably be even easier to make than the ground-based net, because you wouldn't have to make the stakes that attach to the fiberglass poles.

A hammock-based net would probably be a lot more safe from snakes and bugs other than mosquitoes, too... :-)

dropkick (author)AmyCat592013-09-27

I run a line over top of my hammock to support the midline of a tarp (and a bag for my glasses and book).
Years ago I decided I needed mosquito protection so I went to Walmart and bought some material out of their $1.00 bins (I don't think these exist anymore). I got 4 yards of a fine white screen material with little flowers (I don't care if anyone snickers - it keeps the bugs off). I folded it in half lengthwise and into the middle of the material at approximately 3 foot, 6 foot, and 9 foot I sewed on 3 Velcro straps. The straps go over the cord and around the material to hold it up until needed (the ends of the screen hang down, or I tuck them up between the cord and the tarp), then when I need it I undo the Velcro straps from around the screen and hook them back so they just hold the middle of the screen to the cord.
I usually just have to dangle the screen past the edges of my hammock as usually few if any of the mosquitoes figure out how to get to me from below, though I sometimes tuck it around me in the hammock (horse and deer flies are smarter - If these are out you'll also want a thick blanket under you as horse flies have been known to occasionally bite right through the hammock material ).

I also made a much smaller version of this that just goes over my upper body for when I camp in it as my lower body is protected by my sleeping bag or the bag liner.

imundzana (author)2013-09-26

you, sir, are a genius. very clean, straightforward and practical project.

garyatrics (author)2013-09-26

Thanks for this. I actually have been puzzling over a similar setup for my bivy, but your solution to the poles is so much more clever and clean. Thanks for this and for the clear instructions/photos.

jchase12 (author)2013-09-26

Great Instructable ; as a suggestion I would include the following in the beginning... Add the following lists: Tools needed, Materials needed with amount / lengths required (w/approximate cost and maybe store)

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Ortzinator (author)RAULRO2013-09-26

Buy a tent.

jwmarsh1962 (author)2013-09-26

I LOVE IT. I will try to get some Boy Scouts to make some for hiking. :)

Lt.Greg (author)2013-09-26

WOW! Excellent idea! Now this is what I joined Instructibles to see! (Frankly I've sort of felt that the listings have slowly been drifting away from the original ideals in the last couple of years. But that's just my opinion - yours may be different.) I'm glad you included the close-up photos, because I was a bit confused about the hole in the tubing / bend in the stake arrangement. The photo shows exactly how you use it. May I humbly suggest that this project might be made a little bit "neater" if you sewed some piping along the edges of the netting so it won't unravel?
I like the fact that this unit can be folded into a very small package and is really light. But for my taste I like the Hennesy hammocks that seem to be so popular with Bushcrafters in the UK. Hammock, tent, bedding and netting all in one, and still very light and packable
Thanks for a neat Ibble.

neydejr (author)2013-09-25

need this in caribean

Todd Gehris (author)2013-09-25

That is slick. I like it. Have you weighed it? The rings look tricky to do. How did you do that without melting the cord around them?

stringstretcher (author)2013-09-25

Great idea! Suggestion: after you have determined the distance between the stakes that hold one of the rods, mark it up somehow on the rod, for future reference. Next time you won't even have to measure!

cowstick (author)2013-09-25

How much was total build cost? What is the weight of the whole thing?

snoopindaweb (author)2013-09-24

That is sure some lovely aluminum bar..

Malcolmhiggins (author)2013-09-24

Super sweet!

mr.incredible (author)2013-09-24

Very awesome.

Wolfbane221 (author)2013-09-24


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