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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. This might be more or less practical depending on your specific setup, or rather how sophisticated your "hole in the ground" actually is. What I have ...


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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: "If you can't beat them, let them join you!" err, or something like that... Source


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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-rich organic material like saw dust, fine triturated hay or straw, dried leaves, or what so ever (triturated newspaper or what ever sort of paper/carton), if ...


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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. Wash the contaminated clothes at a friend's house or at a Laundromat, put them in an uncontaminated bag and throw the contaminated bag away. That is, take no ...


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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 combination of both, and I find they work well enough for my needs. Plus, in addition to being safe for dogs and cats, some people are using them ...


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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 many there were, how horrible they looked, how disgustingly they crunched underfoot on their front sidewalks (if so, get a broom and sweep before you), I just ...


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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 killing the insect before it can bite (e.g. Permethrin). As cicadas are incidentally identifying you as a tree (i.e. something upright), they are not attracted to ...


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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 throughout the day. Mosquito nets for the head for example may look a bit silly and impair vision a little bit. But they are very effective to keep insects away from ...


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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 smell it? Sure. Does it alarm them? Why should it? I would think only if they've made an association between it and danger.


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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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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 ventilation pipe, blocked from exit by the screen. Deep-drop toilets often do not have a ventilation pipe, and are sometimes open to the sky at foot level, or just ...


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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 out from below in the pit via other routes to the outside, not into the toilet room, e.g. via a ventilation gap in the cover above the pit, but outside the room. ...


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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 incidental contact with you after outdoor activities will pose a strong risk. I found some references here that it should be safer for cats:https://novacatclinic.com/...


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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, Ontario June can be too hot to dress like that. So you might want to go with something like this: A bug jacket (and pants are also available) made of lightweight ...


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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, lobster, and crab are related to insects such as cicadas in taste and cooking methods. https://lancasteronline.com/news/17-year-cicadas-are-edible-taste-a-lot-...


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