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I've been wondering if I should replace the screens in my 5 opening hatches (all screens are broken out) before leaving on my trip. It sounds like the answer is yes.

In my experience the flys look for shade when it gets really hot out. That's what the next few days look like, hot.

Sorry, I don't have a helpful way to get rid of them.
Unless you are sailing to some place where there are no winged insects or anything that would crawl, creep, or wriggle aboard and not be welcome, then you would be very well served to replace all of the screens.

Depending on the type of frames your screens have you may be able to buy the screen material and replace only the screen material itself. Be sure to get as small a mesh size as you can and still have air passing through it, as the smaller bitey bugs are the most annoying.

Creepie crawlies and flying biters are no fun, and can carry seriously deadly diseases in some areas.

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They are Beckson screens, it's pretty cheap to just buy new ones and Fisheries Supply (local to me) keeps them in stock.

In Seattle we don't get a lot of nasty biting insects. We leave our house windows open (no screens) a lot of the summer without any problem.

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Hang one or two in the companion way to prevent the flies to come in.

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I might have exaggerated when I described it as an infestation. I have three flys aboard and I just got one.

I don't want people to get the idea I'm filthy. They are on everybody's boat. They're kind of weird looking. Not big. Not your normal Texas or Iowa fly.

So it's not an infestation but its an annoyance in went from no bugs to some bugs.
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I use the sticky strips that come rolled up. They come in packages of 3 or 4 and have a loop at the end. I remove a lens from a saloon light, put the loop around one of the "legs" of the lens, and then push the lens back into place. It effectively hangs the strip in the center of the saloon.





It works great, and they are cheap to buy and easy to store -- we have some in the cabinet a few feet from me, but haven't used them yet this summer. If flies show up, I put one up for when we are off the boat, my wife doesn't like how they look, so I take them down at night. (Me, I like to count how many fliles are on it, to track our efforts.)

I cheat by putting a small bit of food on it. But flies like to rest on things, so they eventually "find" it anyway.

Been thinking about a way to have them go out of sight and be re-usable. Have some ideas, but none implemented yet.

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I might have exaggerated when I described it as an infestation. I have three flys aboard and I just got one.

I don't want people to get the idea I'm filthy. They are on everybody's boat. They're kind of weird looking. Not big. Not your normal Texas or Iowa fly.

So it's not an infestation but its an annoyance in went from no bugs to some bugs.
So basically you went all buggy over three bugs LOL. Oh well, any fly that is on the boat either needs to bring rent money or leave, or be bait.

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I think the PNW is facing an epidemic of flys this summer. They are menacing me as we speak. I can't live like this. Please tell me what I can do to keep them out of my cabin and off the boat.

I keep things clean and there is no food lying around so I can't make things any cleaner. I need some sort of repellent or somethińg that is safe and effective. What do I do? It's possible it could get worse. It only started a week or so ago. I can't do bugs. Any scented air sprays they don't like?
Have you looked at carnivorous plants? It may sound like a joke but a pitcher plant may be just what the doctor ordered! They don't smell bad, they're non-toxic, they like humidity AND they just happen to attract and trap/eat bugs!

Tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes) for sale at California Carnivores.
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Hang one or two in the companion way to prevent the flies to come in.

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rockDAWG - do these work? I've been thinking recently that 2 or 3 or these mounted around the cockpit (maybe one from the boom and one from each lifeline) might be just the thing when there isn't enough breeze to keep them away.

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10.000 fly's can't be wrong :-)
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rockDAWG - do these work? I've been thinking recently that 2 or 3 or these mounted around the cockpit (maybe one from the boom and one from each lifeline) might be just the thing when there isn't enough breeze to keep them away.

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Ken, I can guarantee you that they DO NOT work on Chesapeake Bay tidal marsh flies.

Now the guy that said he has 3 flies on his boat - are you kiddin' me? Three flies? In this part of the world that would be considered an insect free boat! Most days south of Chesapeake Bay Bridges at Sandy Point you'll swat a couple hundred and probably loose a half-pint of blood. Three flies?

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