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Mosquitoes are among the most dangerous animals in the world. Every year, more than 700,000 people die from infections and diseases such as malaria and dengue, which are transmitted via insect bites. Climate change and globalisation increase this risk. Effective protective measures are therefore becoming increasingly important.

Both during the day and at night, mosquito nets can provide optimal protection against bites. Whether at home or during a holiday, there is a way to protect yourself with a net for almost every application. In order to be able to compare different types of mosquito nets with each other, we have worked out the most important aspects.




The most important facts

  • A mosquito net protects you from insect bites and the potential diseases that can be transmitted through a bite. It gives you peace of mind when you sleep at home or when you travel.
    Mosquito nets come in different shapes.
  • The most common are round and rectangular nets and mosquito tents. Which shape you choose should depend on where you want to use the net.
  • The most important purchase criterion is the mesh value, i.e. the mesh size.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for mosquito nets

To help you make the best decision when choosing your mosquito net, we have summarised the most important criteria to look out for when making your purchase:

In the following, we explain what exactly you should look for in these criteria so that you can more easily decide which mosquito net is suitable for you and which is not.

Mesh value

The first thing you should look for when buying a mosquito net is the mesh value. This indicates the mesh size of a mosquito net. The higher the value, the narrower the mesh. A high value indicates a high level of protection against mosquitoes, but at the same time it means that the air does not circulate as well.

In tropical risk areas with poor air exchange such as Africa, South-East Asia or South and Central America, a value of at least 156 mesh is required. In average insect populations in Southern and Central Europe, you are served with 210 - 230 mesh. Against smaller mosquitoes and insects in more northern areas such as Scandinavia or Canada, 1000 mesh is most effective.

Type of net

Mosquito nets come in different types and shapes. A box-shaped mosquito net offers the best protection because it adapts to the shape of the bed when hung and allows air to circulate easily. Its size makes it suitable for several people, but it also requires several hangers. The box form is often used outdoors and especially in the garden.

The pyramid mould is the perfect counterpart to the loaf mould. With only one hanger, it is light and easy to attach. At the same time, it is usually only enough for one person and air circulation is limited. It is primarily suitable for indoor use as well as for solo travel.

A mosquito tent is a good option for outdoor use. Instead of hangers, you have poles or pegs to attach it to. Alternatively, there is even the Pop Up tent, which you can set up quickly, fold up small and easily transport on the go.

Dimensions

The dimensions of your net should depend on the size of your sleeping space. The bigger your mosquito net, the better. Make sure it is big enough so that you don't bump into it and get bitten while sleeping.

If you're not sure what size you need, it's always best to go for the larger version so that you have enough space on your own. In any case, the mosquito net should either reach down to the floor or fold under the mattress for all-round protection.

Material

You can choose between natural or synthetic fibres. You should only choose natural fibres such as cotton if you want to use the net at home as decoration or in dry areas, as cotton stores moisture and is hardly permeable to air.

The situation is different with synthetic fib res such as polyester or nylon, which are moisture-resistant and dry quickly. Due to their easy care, they are ideal for travelling and are considered the more common option.

Shopping Guide

In the next section, we will answer some frequently asked questions about mosquito nets so that you are well prepared for your purchase.

What is a mosquito net?

Mosquito nets are net-like fabrics that are designed to protect people from contact with insects while they sleep. They can limit the transmission of diseases such as malaria by insects like mosquitoes.

How can I attach a mosquito net?

Depending on the shape, there are one or more suspension points for the mosquito net. A pyramid shape has only one and can therefore be hung up quickly. A cord, a nail and a hook are all you need to hang up the fastening straps with a carabiner. Otherwise, adhesive hooks are sufficient. The accessories are usually already included in the delivery.

Mosquito nets are net-like fabrics that hang over the sleeping area and protect against mosquito bites. (Image source: CHUTTERSNAP / Unsplash)

You should always remember to take a long cord with you on holiday, in case there is no device to hang it up. To avoid drilling in the hotel room, you can stretch the cord across the room over the bed and attach it to furniture such as lamps. You then hook the carabiner into the cord.

A box form has at least 4 hanging points, but the attachment works similarly. There are tabs at the top to which you can attach the cords. To achieve the rectangular shape, you can use the 4 tabs at the corners to attach it to the ceiling or other objects.

How much does a mosquito net cost?

The price of a mosquito net is primarily determined by the type of net and the area of use. You can get a mosquito net for little money in various shapes. Depending on their use, they are perfectly adequate and serve their purpose. However, you should consider in advance what you need the net for and which size and shape is most suitable for it, so that you can opt for a higher-quality model if necessary.

How can I repair a mosquito net?

Special mosquito net tape can be used to more or less replicate the structure of the net. You cut off as much tape as you need and stick it to the hole.

You can also use nail varnish, liquid glue or transparent silicone to close smaller cracks by waiting until it has hardened. However, you should only use material that will not damage the mosquito net. If your net is made of plastic, nail varnish or liquid glue are not suitable as they will dissolve the fabric.

Why impregnate a mosquito net?

When travelling or in tropical areas where there is a risk of malaria, the impregnation serves as additional protection against mosquitoes if you accidentally touch the net while sleeping. It still provides some protection even if the net has small holes or tears. Mosquitoes are killed by the impregnating agent when they come into contact with the fabric.

However, it is not absolutely necessary to impregnate the mosquito net. Especially if it is intended for indoor use, you can do without it.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for safe protection from insect bites or simply want to embellish your sleeping space with a stylish accessory, you can find mosquito nets for almost every application and have the choice between different materials and sizes.

The purchase decision is primarily influenced by the mesh size and the type of net. Depending on where you want to use it, you should adjust the mesh value and shape. In any case, the net should be large enough so that you don't bump into it when sleeping.

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