How to make a mosquito net
Cut out two pieces of netting. First measure around the bed and cut out this piece: (length + width) x 2, plus 20cm for hem. Allow plenty of drop for the net so it can be tucked in. If people sleep on mats on the floor, nets will need to be longer. Sew up the side seam.
Then measure the area of the bed and cut out to give the top piece. Sew this in, adding tapes for tying the nets and strengthening triangles of extra material in the four corners. Hem if necessary.
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Treat nets and curtains
1 It is important to treat bed nets and curtains to protect from mosquito bites
and malaria. Remember that all curtains and nets are many times more effective when treated. Insecticide-treated curtains on windows and doorways will prevent some mosquitoes from entering the house and kill any others on contact.
Doors, windows and roof spaces
2 If possible, make frames for each window and door and fit mosquito wire.
3 If nets and wire are too expensive, consider fitting netting to the windows and doors. Hem a piece of netting, run string through the hem (use a safety pin) and hang the net onto nails.
4 Alternatively, if you want to be able to quickly move the netting away each day, hem the top and bottom and push a thin piece of wood through both. Hang the top, using hooks or bent nails. The weight of the wood will let the net hang, covering the window. It can quickly be hung up on the nails.
5 Make door curtains in the same way, hemming the top to hang them. At night use a piece of wood to keep the net in place. Tie the curtain back during the day to avoid damage.
6 If the house rafters are exposed, mosquitoes can enter easily. Make lightweight wooden frames and cover with local matting for a cheap but effective ceiling. Check for cracks and fill with scraps of netting. Alternatively, hang treated netting to cover the gap between the roof and the walls.
7 Burn dried orange peel, lemongrass or mint leaves in a pot. This is supposed to make mosquitoes sleepy. Peppermint oil, citronella and geranium oils are also fairly effective.
8 Sprinkle neem leaves on the floor. Are there other local leaves which are believed to keep away mosquitoes?
9 Close windows and shutters before sunset to prevent large numbers of mosquitoes entering the house.
10 Clear vegetation around the house to prevent mosquitoes breeding.
11 Drain any containers (old tins, tyres etc) holding stagnant water. Even 1cm of water may be enough for larvae to grow.
12 Fill up any pits or holes in the compound where mosquitoes can breed. If some open areas of water still remain – water butts, wells, etc – then try adding a little cooking oil. This will float on the surface and prevent mosquito larvae from breathing.