Wheelie bin Composting Toilet - ideas to seal out vinegar flies

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  1. futurefarmer

    futurefarmer Junior Member

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    So we've gone ahead and built a composting toilet using wheel bins as the chambers, similar to this:

    https://www.milkwood.net/2011/04/18/compost-toilet-specifics-the-bins/

    It's been several years and the whole system is working really well, except that the seal between the wheelie bin lid and the bin isn't quite air-tight, and those tiny vinegar flies keep getting in.

    I need to be able to remove the bin lid when I rotate the chambers, so I can't silicone the lid on permanently.

    I've tried using bungee cords to pull the lid down onto the bin nice and tight, but it still has a small gap around the edge large enough for the vinegar flies to get in.

    I wonder if anyone has any ideas for a different way to seal the buggers out?
     
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    i thought that the idea for composting toilets was to use enough dry material
    to cover in between uses so that flies would not be attracted?
     
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    Ok thanks wild apple farm, I might give that a go

    Songbird yes you are right, but for us we still seem to get vinegar flies no matter how much dry material we put in.
     
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    Let us know how you get along :)
     
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    yes, i hope sealing up better does help. good luck. :)
     
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    Found something similar to the foam filler that was suggested - a foam strip with adhesive on one side meant to be used as a door seal. $5 from bunnies. Have put it on and it looks promising....no flies yet! :)
     
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