Do It Yourself: Hang Gazebo Mosquito Netting

Want to enjoy your backyard gazebo without annoying bugs and mosquitoes that carry disease? This easy project can be done in no time with these tips and instructions.

There are about 150 species of mosquitoes in North America. Both male and female mosquitoes feed primarily on plant pollens and juices. The female requires blood to lay fertile eggs, so she bites any warm-blooded creature she can find. Mosquitoes transmit diseases like West Nile and Malaria, and are most active at temperatures above 80o F. Mosquitoes can ruin time you spend in your gazebo. Protect your gazebo with mosquito netting and take back your space!

If your gazebo is a standard 10' x 10', then you may want to consider purchasing a ready made net that fits over the gazebo roof and features a zippered entrance. Some styles have a sleeve that can be filled with water to weigh down the bottom. Prices vary, but expect to pay at least $100.

Before purchasing your netting, be sure to find out how many holes there are per square inch. Mesh described as "ultra fine" can have a little as 132 holes per square inch! Standard mosquito netting recommended for malaria protection has 200 holes per square inch. If you want protection from annoying "no-see-um's", then a density of 625 holes per square inch is recommended. Standard mosquito netting allows more visibility and air circulation; no-see-um netting is much less sheer. A compromise is fine mesh netting, at 529 holes per square inch.

Mosquito netting is available on large rolls, cut to order by the yard (36 inches). Standard widths are 117 inches, 84 inches, or 58 inches. Specify that the material is to be cut once at the yardage you order, not cut multiple times in one yard increments. Netting is usually available in white, black, or gray.

Depending on the style of your gazebo, you may want the romantic look of yards of white netting. This is most easily achieved by using curtain rods and hooks. Be sure to mount your rods high enough inside the gazebo so that there are no large gaps. Mosquitoes find their prey by sensing exhaled carbon dioxide, and are not likely to "try" to get through netting, so you do not need a perfect seal. Attach hooks to the netting and hang on the rod, or use ties. Let the netting trail on the floor, and enter the gazebo through a slightly overlapped section of netting. What atmosphere!

A more utilitarian approach to screening your gazebo is to use self-adhesive hook and eye tape to attach the netting to the inside roof of your gazebo. You can either use a continuous strip of tape around the perimeter of the gazebo and net, or attach 6-inch strips about every 6 inches. You can tack the strips in place inside the gazebo; staples will help hold the tape in place on the netting. For a clean look, attach the bottom of the netting to your gazebo with more hook and loop tape, or simply tack in place, and trim any excess. If you prefer to leave the bottom free, you can put the net between magnets to weigh it down.

For a simple doorway, overlap the netting at the entrance, and use hook and loop dots to hold a section together. For a more sophisticated look, try attaching ribbons and tie them together.

A few hours spent on mosquito-proofing your gazebo will give you many hours of pest free relaxation!

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