Originally Posted by iGuitar93
I just made one of these organza bugnets after watching that video. I like it! The fabric is strong and it will definitely keep out any bug. The only downside is that reduces the breeze fairly significantly. But for $10 in material I can't complain. I haven't added any shockcord to mine because I don't have any but I think it would work well without it. Here is a picture
I hate mosquitoes, and I am not gonna try this, but I have been wondering if the cinch cord at the bottom is necessary. Could you just leave the bottom open?
When I was first researching hammocks to buy, I remember reading posts where people said that you get less bugs in your hammock with a bottom-entry Hennessy hammock. Well, that argument didn't sell me 'cause it sounded illogical.
However, having used a bottom-entry bugnet for a while, I think there may be some truth to it. Since mosquitoes love me so much, I fully expected them to just fly in from the bottom opening. It's impossible to cinch that shock cord to create a skeeter barrier like a zipped bugnet.
It seems that mosquitoes just can't figure out how to fly down, then up to get at their meal. When I get in my bottom-entry bugnet, the skeeters never enter with me, and they can never get at me, even though they should be able to figure it out.
Maybe they're not that smart. Maybe mosquitoes are used to getting their meals by flying down, or sideways, but up is just not in their genetics. I'm not saying they won't evolve one day.
Take the nuthatch, for example. When I first started bird-watching, I saw a nuthatch going down the trunk of the tree and I thought, "Gee, that's a pretty rare behavior." A little research and I learned it's the only bird that has figured out how to walk down a tree to search for grubs, insects, etc.
All other birds search for food by going up the tree. And because they're staring up, they frequently miss food that only the nuthatch can see because he's moving in the opposite direction looking down.
I'd be interested to know how an uncinched bugnet works for you. Like I said, I'm not trying it 'cause skeeters love me, and I'm one of those people who involuntarily scratch the heck out of the bites. I don't even know I'm doing it.