Pros: Keeps out just about any bugs, Many different uses, Versatile
Cons: none really - it does what it's supposed to
What to do when you have a big rip or a tear in your tent netting? If you dont want to try patching it with tape or the hole is simply too large, you can pick up a package of Kenyons No-See-Um Netting. You get a square yard of netting material that you can use to patch and repair tent netting.
Im sure that for anyone who has done a good amount of camping, they have experienced either a puncture or a tear in the mosquito/bug netting of their tent. It usually seems to happen just as youre going to put the tent up, or just as your going to bed and you can sense that all the bugs are now streaming into the tent. Of course, laying there at night, you know theyre in the tent because you can hear the buzzing and you can feel the occasional bug-bite.
What you get with Kenyons No-See-Um Netting
For the $7 or $8 youll find the netting for at most outdoor gear stores, you get a square yard of netting fabric. For small repairs this amount of netting can probably last a lifetime, as youll only need small pieces to make repairs. Even for larger repairs on tent screens, its likely that this package will last you for quite some time.
Because of the size of the netting, there are also some creative uses for it. In the past Ive cut pieces to fit the windows of my vehicle so I could keep the windows down at the campgrounds, but not get bugs in the vehicle, especially when Ive been using it to sleep in. It takes a bit of finagling and a bit of tape, but you can get your window screened over and sleep a lot more comfortably in your vehicle with the windows open, but no bugs.
I suppose if you were really crafty, you could use this material to create your own mosquito netting (you know, the kind you wear over your head to keep away all the bugs). However this netting is slightly more dense than average mosquito netting (to keep out the no-see-ums), so it probably wouldnt be that comfortable to wear over your head.
Does it keep the bugs out?
This netting material is quite dense the holes are significantly smaller than youll find on a generic mosquito netting hat because the material is designed to keep both larger and smaller bugs from passing through. The no-see-um is quite small (hence the name), but this netting material is small enough to stop them from getting through.
If youve got a tent this material basically matches the density of the material that is already being used as netting for your tent. You want to have breathability, but you dont want to have any of the bugs get through the netting.
Using it to repair netting
I havent found any all-around great way to handle screen repairs. They are all going to leave your netting looking like its been repaired, but there are a few different ways of going about it and some are easier then others.
The simplest way to fix a hole or a tear in the netting is to simply cut off a piece of the Kenyon Netting that covers the entire area and then using duct tape or another very sticky tape, just tape it around the edges. It gets the job done, but it doesnt look pretty and most likely you could have probably used the tape to cover up the hole anyway.
Another slightly more complicated way is to use an adhesive to glue the new netting over the old netting. You want to make sure that the adhesive youre using is safe to use on the netting (test a bit of the adhesive on a small piece of the netting) and you want to make sure it completely dries before you fold up the tent otherwise you could cause more damage when you unfold the tent again. It will look better than the tape does, but you will still be able to tell that there was a repair.
Kenyons No-See-Um Netting does what it sets out to do and that is to repair rips and tears in existing netting. Its dense enough to block out just about any bug and with just a bit of effort, its quite easy to repair your torn netting.
There are also some creative uses for the netting, like making screens for your vehicles windows or using the netting to fashion your own mosquito net. Once you get some, youll probably find some of your own.
For tent netting repairs, Kenyons No-See-Um Netting is an inexpensive way to make repairs and once you get your hands on it youll probably find plenty of other uses for it.