Our insect nets are made out of High Density Polyethylene HDPE which contains UV inhibitors to protect them from sunlight which stops them degrading and becoming brittle.
We expect our insect nets to perform well for 8 – 10 years. These nets will last for at least 15 years but as they get older and with normal wear and tear the level of insect control is greatly reduced. At the end of their useful life they can be recycled.
Our wider nets are joined together using our unique 4 layer double stitched seams making them the strongest nets on the market. We developed our own industrial sewing thread to make sure it would outlast the nets and be resistant to most pesticides and fertilisers. Our oldest nets have been is use for 14 years which is testimony to their quality and strength.
Insect Net Mesh Sizes
|Net||Mesh Size||Grams per M2||Shade Value|
|1.3mm Insect Net||1.3mm x 1.3mm||65g||11%|
|0.8mm Insect Net||0.8mm x 0.8mm||70g||12%|
|0.6mm Insect Net||0.6mm x 0.6mm||45g||14%|
|0.3mm Insect Net||0.3mm x 0.3mm||55g||15%|
Recommended mesh sizes for different insects:
|Cabbage Root Fly||Yes||Yes||–||–|
|Cabbage White Butterfly||Yes||–||–||–|
|Carrot Root Fly||Yes||Yes||–||–|
|Turnip Root Fly||Yes||Yes||–||–|
|Spotted Winged Drosophila||–||Yes||Yes||–|
Standard widths are 3.65m, 13m and 25m
Other widths available to order depending on quantity include:
7.2m, 13.6m, 14m, 15m, 16.5m, 17.75m, 18m, 20.5m, 21.25,m, 26m, 27m, 28m and 37m
Standard lengths are 50m, 100m and 200m
We carry a large range of stock but most of our nets are made to order.
Lead times vary from 10 to 25 weeks depending on mesh size and time of year.
It is vital to plan ahead and order your nets at least 4 months before you need them on farm.
The net should be placed directly over the crop before it crop emergence otherwise the insects can become established under the nets.
Unlike fleece it does not stretch so sufficient slack needs to be left from crop growth and securing it at the edges.
The net can be secured by plastic pegs or sandbags but we recommend ploughing in the edges with soil to create a seal so that insects cannot penetrate. The method used will depend on the growing system and if the net needs to be removed for other work e.g. weeding in organics.
Once the net is in place it should be left on the crop until harvest or until there is no further risk from insects. In the case of CRF in the UK this tends to be September or October when the adult flies become dormant.
To remove the net pull out the pegs or pull out the edges if they have been ploughed in and roll the nets up with a crop cover rolling machine or it can be done by hand if it is a smaller area.
If the nets get damaged or torn they can be repaired by hand using our Industrial Sewing thread which will last 15 – 20 years. Some growers have tried using cable ties but as they have no UVI they will only last for a couple of years.
Unbeatable protection from insects, wind, rain, hail and other pests including rabbits and deer.
No harvest interval required, simply lift the nets and harvest.
Increased pack outs and more uniform crops providing higher returns.
Better quality clean crop will greatly reduce labour and increase output in the pack house.