Another mosquito-ridden Texan voting for either permethrin or nothing but the hammock fabric itself. I use a single-layer hammock and sometimes try a new iteration out before treating it with permethrin. Mosquitoes just can't get through nylon. I treat it anyway because I like to think of all those mosquitoes dying. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!
One of the hammock makers has a model made from fabric that has been tested as mosquito proof. Cannot remember which one. I remember wondering where to get some of that fabric though.
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Pads, SSs or UQs pretty much solve the problem. And at 7.4 oz, there is this which seems pretty nice:
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Mosquitoes cannot bite thru waterproof fabrics. My HH has a waterproof bottom and skeeters cant get thru. Black flies have jaws not needles so any fabric will stop them. Permethrin is harmless to humans AFTER it dries. Never put this on your skin.
Just turn the other cheek.
Recall that some of the Hennessy model are 'supposed' to be resistant.
During the summer I've used a Hennessy hammock for 4 years in our mosquito infested high country and do not recall donating blood .... course they mostly retire before sundown here unlike the South. Tho unlike me they are usually out and buzzing at sun rise.
Add'l suggestions -- SPE, wide pad
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I thought I was the only one here in Florida that hiked in the summer months.
I have been hammocking for a little over six years now. Back then there weren't a lot of "off the shelf" options for us hangers. My reason for hanging was to stay cooler in the summer and while most all of the people North of me were trying to develop some kind of under quilt to stay warm, I was busy trying to sleep cool and bug free. I tried all sorts of bug net set ups, different hammock materials and chemical treatments. In the end, only three methods worked to keep my bottom bite free. A "cocoon" style bug net, a sewn on under netting, and a double hammock bottom. The netting MUST be positioned in a way as to not touch the hammock or the little buggers can bite right through. This is not always an easy task. The double bottom, in my experience, is completely bug proof. The outer layer can be the lightest sub-ounce taffeta you can find and will still work. It got its true test during my FT Thru hike as I passed through the sugar cane field areas and prevented even a single bite. I soaked my entire hammock and bug net with permethrin prior to the start of my hike and after many nights of observation, I was unimpressed. It does kill mosquitos, just not on contact. They would dance across my netting for over a minute getting weaker and weaker but still probing through several times before falling to the ground.
...and there came to be a day, all too soon, that I became aware that I could travel no more on my long journey. Though I did not arrive where I had planned, I believe that here is exactly where I am supposed to be...
Former Florida hiker here. Permethrin was my method of choice and I adored it. But, it is designed for ticks not mosquitoes. It does work on them, but it takes a few more seconds to kill em. Even so, I have never had a problem with mosquitoes; other than the sound of them buzzing around keeping me awake.