DIY Bug Sock

So, now that I have my hammock rocking out with the Whoopie Sling suspension, it is time that I figure out what to do about all these dang bugs we have!

So, in my search to find a solution to deal with the bugs, I came across the Bug Sock which Randy Smith (AKA: Papa Smurf) features on his site: Dream Hammock. Not only does Randy offer these Bug Socks for sale (made in your choice of materials: Tulle, Noseeum, or Nanoseeum), but just as the name of Randy’s site implies, he also offers instructions so that anyone can make their own. So, this is just what I did…

(**Since this posting, Randy has changed his site. His site is now called Dream Hammock, and I have corrected the links above. After quickly browsing through his site, it looks like the bug sock is only offered in nanoseeum, but I am not 100% sure. According to his site, more information on this item can be found on both, Just Jeff’s site, as well as SGT. Rock’s site.)

Of the 3 materials that Randy list’s on his site, the Tulle seems to be the lightest per square yard. However, I was unsure as to exactly what this was, so I searched the net for what Tulle actually is. What I found was that it is a very fine netting that is used in clothing items such as veils, gowns and ballet tutus. Then, after reading this, I went to Wal-Mart to browse through the fabric, and sure enough, I found some Tulle, and for only $1.27/sq yd! So, I purchased a few yards, came home and began making my own bug sock…

Cutting out the pattern…

Sewing the Tulle…

So, once I got the Bug Sock all sewn up, of course I had to make sure that it worked. And who better than my daughter to help me test it out…

Bug Sock ~ Cinched Head End

There are a few differences between the Bug Sock that I made and the Bug Sock that Randy sells. In the directions found on his site, he calls for some ribbon to help reinforce the edges, particularly at the foot end and then at the head end where the cord exits the Bug Sock and is cinched closed. I did not have any ribbon, so instead, I used some scrap ripstop nylon to reinforce the foot end, and I did not use anything to reinforce where the cinch cord exits the Bug Sock at the head end. So far I think that it will work fine, but only time will tell…

Also, Randy suggests using a mitten hook at the cinch on the head end of the Bug Sock. I imagine that this mitten hook will help keep the bug sock centered along the hammock’s ridge line, as well as help to keep the Bug Sock pulled slightly taut along the length of the hammock. Unfortunately, I did not have any of these that I was not using, so again, I did not include this on my version either. The last thing worth mentioning is that I used some of Lawson Kline’s Glowire for the cinch cord at the head end. I figure the Glowire will improve visibility at night.

So, after I finished the Bug Sock, I dug out a DIY ripstop nylon stuff sack I made quite a while back that just so happened to be a good size for the Bug Sock. Once I stuffed the Bug Sock into the stuff sack I set it on the scales… 2.4 oz was the verdict. Even though Randy’s version is slightly less weight than this, I am still super happy with the overall results of my DIY Bug Sock…

Thanks for reading!

~Stick~

8 Responses to DIY Bug Sock

  1. Gordon F Griscti says:

    Hi. Just a safety note about the photo/child shown above. Noticed that you are hanging hammock between two columns. Make sure that the columns can support forces generated by your hammock. We used to pull heavy objects just by securing a taut rope between anchor and object. Any engineer will be able to explain this. Love watching your UL reviews. Thanks for all. Best regards from Europe

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  2. Cham Green says:

    I’ve been copying your design. I went to Walmart and bought 7 yards of the exact same tulle, and received 5.94 yards. I don’t feel like going back there and complaining about 97 cents. My hypothesis is that this tulle fabric has some stretch, and the methodology for measuring fabric accurately at Walmart is less than optimal.

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  3. Zach says:

    Do you still use this bug net? I like the design and am transitioning from a Hennessy to a netless hammock. I’m interested in seeing how something like this works and holds up after time.

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    • Stick says:

      Zach,

      I still have it, and have used it a few times, but not often. In my opinion, the design is great, however, the material that you choose to make the bug net from will determine durability. Long term though, tulle will not last as long as nanoseeum netting…

      Hope this helps!

      ~Stick~

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  4. Chris says:

    I tried the link to find the good instructions but it was broken. Do you have any other good page with nice instructions. I really like your net and would like to try making one of my own. Thanks!

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    • Stick says:

      Chris,

      Randy has changed the name of his site to Dream Hammocks. I have changed and updated the links. Although, just browsing through quickly, it doesn’t look like the instructions are there anymore. Maybe the info can be found at either Just Jeff’s or SGT rocks site. Not sure.

      Hope this helps some.

      ~Stick~

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  5. Bryce says:

    How has your DIY bug sock held up over time?

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    • Stick says:

      Bryce,

      TBH, I have hardly used it. Since I got my Hexamid, I had been using it. I wanted to take the hammock set-up on a recent trip but I needed to take a certain tarp, which happened to be too small for a hammock… So, saying that, I have only used it about 6 times, lightly, and it is in the same condition as when I sewed it up.

      ~Stick~

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