How to Make a Mosquito Net at Home in 8 Super Simple Steps
Spring and summer are approaching, and with those colorful flowers and buzzing bees come other not-so-nice factors we associate with warmer weather: blood-sucking mosquitoes.
And since we’re all already busy trying to escape the clutches of the COVID, it’s more important than ever to make sure these flying critters and other insects stay outside.
Windows are a sure way for mosquitoes and bugs to get into homes, even if you have shutters. And they don’t even have to be left open, because old and damaged home windows usually have small passages perfect for bugs to crawl through and fly.
Of course, this problem becomes a REAL nightmare if your windows don’t have screens or seals that keep pests out.
Fortunately, we have what it takes to keep mosquitoes and other bugs out of your home and your life. So, if you’ve ever wondered, “How do I make a mosquito net at home?”, stick around… Here’s a little craft tutorial to help you keep them out of your home.
Clean and measure your window
Wondering how to make a screen frame that can be glued to dirty windows? It’s quite difficult. Depending on the age of your home, these windows can start to come loose from the frame or walls of your home.
And even tiny gaps are enough for mosquitoes and other bugs to get to you and your family.
Therefore, strengthen your defense against mosquitoes by sealing gaps with caulk and properly cleaning your window frame.
– Dilute a little liquid soap in warm water.
– Mix well and transfer your cleaning solution to a spray bottle.
– Spray it on your window frame and then scrub it with your trusty cleaning sponge.
– Next, measure your window frames (vertical and horizontal) to get the correct size for your DIY screen.
If necessary, reapply to create a consistent seal around your window.
Tip: While your screen will work when finished, there are many other precautions you can take to ensure a mosquito-free interior in your home:
- Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, eliminate any water near your home (including gutters, buckets or any other containers where water has collected).
- Discard used and dirty water from birdbaths (and fountains, and wading pools, and rain barrels…) and replace it with fresh, clean water at least once a week.
- Temporary puddles can be emptied or filled with soil.
- If you have a swimming pool, make sure its water is treated and circulating continuously to avoid a mosquito haven.
Cut the Velcro
Once you’ve measured the dimensions correctly, take your scissors and cut the Velcro into four separate lengths to fit your (newly cleaned) window frame perfectly.
Tip: Avoid getting stung:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks to cover exposed skin.
- Cover holes in your clothing by tucking your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks.
- Stay indoors when you can.
- Replace your outdoor lighting with yellow “bug” lights, as they generally attract fewer mosquitoes (and other insects) than regular lights.
Cut your screen
Your screen, which will be attached to cut pieces of Velcro, will be placed just above the window glass. But be sure to cut it large enough to cover the glass as well as the window frames – too much screen (which you can always cut off) is better than too little.
Tip: Still notice standing water in or around your home, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Sprinkle coffee grounds on the water, which will bring the mosquito eggs to the surface. Of course, this deprives them of oxygen, killing them before they hatch.
Attach your Velcro to the screen
Your DIY mosquito net, and the Velcro attached to it, should fit snugly against the entire window pane and frame. But give your glue time to dry before continuing.
Tip: Wondering what is the best material for a screen? For best results, get cotton, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene or nylon.
Cut the screen
Once the glue has dried sufficiently, cut off the edges of the screen that extend behind the glued Velcro.
Tip: Even though there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes, not all of them want your blood. Both male and female mosquitoes feed on sap and nectar, but only the females seek out blood, which provides them with the protein they need to lay their eggs.
Make your net stronger
Using your sewing needle and thread, sew the Velcro and the glued mesh together to make your DIY mosquito net stronger.
Tip: watch out for the full moon! Mosquitoes hunt using visual cues, and the illumination of the full moon can increase their activity by 500%!
Keep sticking the Velcro
– Take your glue and apply it to the other side of the Velcro.
– Stick the glued Velcro to the wall or window frame, depending on your measurements.
Tip: Spray your screen with insect repellent.
Even if your window and screen are in perfect condition, many small insects can still cling to this surface, which can attract more into your home. For added safety, spray your net/screen with a regular insect repellent, which will deter mosquitoes (and other bugs) from staying put and looking for entry points into your home.
Be sure to spray a layer of repellent from time to time to keep your DIY screen working at its best.
Complete your screen
Finally, attach your screen to the window by joining the two sides of your Velcro.
Tip: You may have installed it correctly, but is your screen really up to the task? If you’re not sure, invest in some screen patches or silicone sealant to fill in any holes in the screen and minimize the risk of insect infestation.
If you’re like me, and you’re freaking out about mosquitoes, this tutorial may help!