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What is mosquito netting used for?





What is mosquito netting used for?

Introduction


Mosquito netting offers protection offers protection from mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insect helping to protect against bites, and the diseases in which they carry.  Mosquito netting is beneficial in helping to prevent the spread of contagious and dangerous diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis including the West Nile Virus.  Mosquito netting is made of a finely woven mesh that is big enough to impede the entrance of insects, but will not prevent air flow or visibility.  Some insect netting come treated with pesticides for added protection.  However, those that do not can be treated by spraying with an appropriate insecticide or insect repellent.

Mosquito Netting History

Mosquito netting has a long history dating back as far as Queen Cleopatra of Ancient Egypt.  However, the term mosquito netting has only been used since around the 18-century.  Mosquito netting has been used extensively throughout history as a means to prevent disease transmission from insects, and has been most notably used for malaria and West Nile Virus prevention in countries who are threatened by the disease.

Construction of Mosquito Netting

Mosquito netting is made of cotton, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene  or nylon.  It is measured at 1.2 mm, and a netting known as no-see-um, which prevents insects even smaller than mosquitoes from getting at you measures 0.6 mm.  Moreover, something called a mosquito bar is draped over a box-like frame, and can be used to protect you from insects while in a sleeping bag.  Mosquito bars are woven tight to prevent insects from getting in but not to interfere with ventilation.  Mosquito bars are self-supporting. 

Usage

Mosquito netting is often used where malaria or other insect-borne diseases are common.  However, it is also used while camping, hung over beds, on decks and patios, and around awnings just to name a few.  Also, mosquito netting should have no holes or gaps, and it should not sit directly on the body as insects may be able to bite through it.


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