I've made nets using JoAnn's tulle and then soaked them in permethrin. I treat them carefully and have several trips on them with no problems yet. As to no-seeums, I haven't camped where no-seeums are a problem, but the net has certainly kept the bugs away. At about 3.5 oz/sy it's hard to resist.
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Not to hijack John, but how can I tell if the tulle I got is polyester or nylon? It seems pretty tough, so I'm thinking it is polyester but I'm no fabric aficionado. It was $1.29 at WM.
I have been using a Tulle bug sock that I got from PapaSmurf for a little over two years now and have yet to have a issue with it! I sprayed it with the Sawyers Spray on permethrin (not a pressurized can type spray). I have been in some truly nasty buggy area's and so far (knock on wood) never had a bug get through it, many have tried though!
Some need to realize that some fabric's are fragile, Tulle is one of them, so this means that you can't drag it on the ground, sit on it, or the like so more care need's to be taken when using it! If you are questioning whether it can stand up to "abuse" then IMHO it's the wrong fabric for you to use.
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It was stiff in my recollection, but I don't have too much to compare it to. It looks like it should be super floppy, but it isn't. I tugged on it quite a bit when I first got it to see how gentle I'd need to be and I didn't tear it. I was surprised by these developments.
I still have the cardboard the fabric was wrapped on, so I'll see if the tag is there and it says what it is made from.
John: On the matter of bug-stopping. In another thread I quoted a specialist retailer in safe travel goods (bug protection, water filtering, etc) who noted that no-seum is very restrictive of air movement, and that the treated nets he sold were all of a large mesh, about 200 /sq in, compared to 350+ IIRC for noseum.
So, there's the evidence: For the professional non DIY market, treated netting is larger mesh. Now, that may be because
- If it suffocates, clients won't use it, and
- Midges don't carry disease; mosquitoes and flies do --is that true?
Permethrin is the only ....ethrin mentioned here. A hardware story I was in today carried a different "thrin" bifenthrin, and claimed residual effectiveness outdoors of six months. Which is supported by the Wikipedia article, which says befenthrin is used to treat nets.......and is particularly nasty and suspicious stuff.
Duke: The stiff stuff is what I've always seen, and it's pretty fragile.. .(start a tear... it just keeps going)
Demo: Thanks for the note. I'd be wary of other 'thrins, especially against my skin, but for netting ? ? ? who knows...
Anyway, the "Son of Beast" hammock is on it's way to Ohio tomorrow... Just finished it...
Off to hang my hammock in the back yard and enjoy Spring!