Bug Netting

There is not much worse than being bled dry overnight by the mosquitoes and black flies. Here we have some great Bug netting solutions for hammock camping that will help keep those nasty biters outside.

19 thoughts on “Bug Netting

  1. I don’t understand what it means in the first picture when it says “finish at the ends until they overcome the zipper ends and netting ”

    Does this mean you should sew the netting to an unfinished hammock? like when making the end hem that will have the rope fed through it, should that flap before sewn cover the bug netting?

    I’m a little confused

  2. I love the draped pocket style bug net. Lightweight at under 6 oz. Sometimes more weight in one side would pull down that side enough to expose the other side of the hammock. I added a mitten hook at the very center to clip onto my ridgeline to fix that.

      1. My other modification: Both ends snap open at the suspension with Kam snaps–a draw cord with cord locks cinches the “throat” around the suspension. I added another Kam snap at each end where the pocket sections meet the main section, overlapping the netting to ensure bugs stay out. These mods allows me to pull the bug net off without undoing the suspension.

        Additional mod: On my 2nd draped pocket style bug net, I tacked the longer pockets at the top of the pocket to keep them from sagging while preserving the length for items like a jacket that would fit but fall out.

        I should send you a video or pictures. I may post on youTube.

        PS I also spray the net with 0.5% permethrin for that extra touch that bugs love.

        1. Jeffery, Did you ever post anything on YouTube or anything? I’m having a difficult time following how you integrated the Kam snaps and the cord lock cinches. I love the idea of being able to put the bug net on/off without undoing the suspension. Thanks!

    1. Hi Brett,
      The hammocks I build use 10’6″ raw fabric. If you add the 6″ you should be ok with an 11′ raw fabric hammock. The key is to make sure the outside perimeter of your netting is equal to the perimeter of where you want it sewn to your hammock – then add an inch or two so you’re not fighting it when attaching. Use LOTS of pins!
      Enjoy the project!

  3. I built a Cocoon style netting for my son’s hammock, (built using the Trail Life kit which is great). However, the Cocoon hangs significantly below the bottom of the Hammock, maybe 3 feet, and depending on the hang height rests on the ground. Is there a purpose for the extra space in the cocoon? It seems like it would be easy to cut off some of the extra and eliminate bulk from the kit. What are your thoughts?

    Also, I had the same question as Bill, above, when I built my first hammock. If you follow the hem of the hammock when installing a zippered bug net it works perfectly. It was much easier than I expected. Don’t be afraid!

    1. Hey Andy – yes, you can cut off excess from the bottom. I had to design it larger than some people will want it to accomodate all users. My original design was smaller and it was too tight on the bottom for some users. It will all depend mostly on the amount of sag in your hammock. If there’s not a lot, it doesn’t need to be as tall, but if the hammock has a lot of sag you’ll need the extra room. The girth of the hammock (and occupant) plays a role too, but not as much.

  4. I am very glad you guys are here. It is really helpful for beginner DIY hanger. I have moderate math skills and very basic sewing skills. My goal is a DIY hammock with zippered bug net and a basic Asym tarp. I have a question about zippered bug netting using the basic hammock and bug net guides and dimensions. The dimensions of the bugnet after cutting are not the same as the hammock. So how do you do this? With no hammock suspension in place what line do you follow? The hem of the hammock?

    1. Hey, not sure if you found your answer elsewhere or not not hopefully this will help you or anyone else who wanders in.
      It’s not a problem if the bug net isn’t the exact same size as the hammock. Essentially what you want to do is attach your bug netting and zipper coil to the long edges of your hammock, stopping right before the channels for your suspension system. Getting the spacing right will be easiest if you pin everything together starting at the middle of your hammock and netting pieces. Ian Young has a video on YouTube that goes over how he made the attached net on this page. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/PIRsGnAs-ug.
      Hopefully this helps, happy hanging!

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