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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

The answer is to limit and/or control ventilation. You want to make sure that there is little to no ventilation of the odours/gazes into the space (tent/hut/...) where humans are using the toilet. ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

Your chief problem seems to be: with tens of flies trying to fly into your nose, mouth, and eyes Why not a mosquito head net? It's safe, re-usable, portable, and non-lethal! Like the old saying goes:...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

If possible, try to make a "dry toilet" use of the facility you've to deal with. Dry toilet means that excrement will not be leaved exposed to the air but have to be covered with some carbon-...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

One strategy is to use whatever repellent you want, but, if it harmful to cats, thoroughly shower and wash your hair and change into uncontaminated clothes after your trip and before you get home. ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

As one of the minority of the population that cannot use DEET (it makes my skin burn!) I use plant-based solutions. There are several options on the market that use either citronella or geraniol or a ...
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Is there any repellent against cicadas?

The short answer is No. A slightly longer answer is, no need to worry. I have lived through two 17-year cicada swarms, and while many people made enormous fusses about how loud their noise was, how ...
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Is there any repellent against cicadas?

The long and the short of it is no. Most insect repellents against biting insects (e.g. mosquitoes) work either by confusing the insect by blocking the scent receptors (e.g. Picaridin, DEET), or by ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

I also ty to avoid chemical mosquito repellents, but I am quite successful with appropriate clothing to repel mosquitos. It really helps a lot and you do not have to apply it again and again ...
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Will bug repellent repel deer?

During turkey season I practically bathe in regular deet based spray since turkeys can't smell. Thing is, this spring I had a deer walking around calmly 10-15 yards from me more than once. Can they ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

We simply used builders lime (Ca(OH)2) (calcium hydroxide) powder after every toilette use to cover everything up. But be careful with that, it's not a toy and can serious harm humans
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

One method is to provide a screened light-pipe as ventilator, and use an unlit room. Flies fly down into the 'hole in the ground', then up the ventilation pipe to the light. They accumulate in the ...
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How to deal with hordes of flies in outdoor toilets?

The following is based on experience building toilets for places of worship in rural Africa: Keep the toilet room dark. Without light inside the toilet room (tent/hut etc.), the flies are attracted ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

Conside using Picaridin which has similar effectiveness as DEET, but with fewer risks. I would of course try to avoid overexposing your cat to it due to thier grooming behaviors, i don’t think ...
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Effective black fly repellent

I have never succeeded in keeping black flies away with a chemical approach. A hat is important to keep them out of your hairline. Long sleeves, long pants, tuck your pants into your socks. Yes, ...
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Is there any repellent against cicadas?

Why do people think they must kill insects when they are a part of the natural world? When there is an over abundance, as this 17 year cycle promises, use the bounty to supplement your diet. Shrimp, ...

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