DIY Lightweight Recycled Tube Bug Net


I used this tube bug net on my 2008 traverse around Mount Timpanogos. The hammock is the Grand Trunk Ultralight under an OES MacCat tarp. The white strings are extra and are used for ground set-ups.

I originally drew this illustration back in 20081 after making a hammock and bivy-style bug net from an inexpensive Mombasa bug net (or similar cot-style mosquito net). This project was an attempt at a low-cost, easy-to-make tube-style net that I could use both for lightweight backpacking with a tarp as well as hammock camping. It turned out to be a moderately-difficult project involving taking apart a cot-style bug net and then re-assembling the panels into a tube-style bug net.

At the time I made this bug net the Mombasa was only $11, which was less expensive than buying mosquito netting by the yard. Of course, you can make this style bug net very easily with no-see-um netting, just skip the disassembly section and purchase the netting to length. It is important to first measure your hammock ridge line to ensure the netting will be long enough to extend over the hammock. Add 12 in (30.5 cm) to the length and then double that for the total length of netting for your hammock. For example, if your hammock ridge line is 100 in (254 cm), the fabric length will need to be 224 in (569 cm).


  1. The revised instructions were posted to in 2010

  6 comments for “DIY Lightweight Recycled Tube Bug Net

  1. Jennie
    July 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

    This was awesome!! I made 2 of these and they worked perfectly for me and my 7 year old daughter – when we slept bunk style in our hammocks. It was our first attempt at hammock camping and it was a huge success! Thanks so much – your book and website has been sooo helpful!!

    • Derek
      July 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I’m glad it worked! Thanks again.

  2. Cory
    August 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I (roughly) followed these instructions to make a tube out of .7 oz noseeum netting, and it came out great! I’ll be field testing it this weekend, and am psyched.

    I’m pretty new to MYOG type stuff, so even something this basic was beyond me without some sort of plans. Thank you for putting this together!

    • Derek
      August 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      You’re welcome, thank you, and good luck! Send me photos of your hang!

  3. August 20, 2014 at 6:34 am

    My son and I were camping with scouts on a 4day canoe trip down Allegheny River in PA this past July. I had net for my hammock but he wanted one. I quickly looked up your directions and $16 later he had his own. His worked so well, I got rid of my original one and now only use your design. Thanks so much. Thought you might enjoy this photo of “hammock city” the boys built on one of the islands with all their hammocks stacked on top of each other.

    • Derek
      August 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Awesome! I’m glad it worked for you. Thanks for sharing the great photo!

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