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    Got this in an e-mail from my aunt in spokane


    ZIP LOCK BAG - Good tip!

    We went with friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast and sat in the patio section beside the house. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! Ms. Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!


    Zip-lock water bags

    Ann Says:
    I tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend.. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!


    Danielle Martin Says:

    Fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

    Maggie Says:


    I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come around.

    DJ Says:

    Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

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    Cool!!!! Gonna try that....the flies probably think its some big bug with a lot of huge eyes thats gonna eat them!
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    • #3
      Great Thread !!
      I'm gonna give it a go.....now if we can figure out the mosquitoes, we'll be in buisness.......g
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      • #4
        I've actually done this and it does work!!
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        • #5
          Camping season is right aroud the corner, I'm going to add this to my camping list.
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          • #6
            I've known of this for years..While I was livin' and workin' in Monterrey, MX a year ago summer, the little street taco carts had them hanging around on them...
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            • #7
              Never heard of it but I'm going to try it. Thanks for the info.
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              • #8
                gonna try it too!!!
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                • #9
                  Oh boy i can see it now...every tent at Herdstock is gonna have these hangin at the door!! :)
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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=Rdking09;22437]Oh boy i can see it now...every tent at Herdstock is gonna have these hangin at the door!! :)[/QUOTE

                    Pity the man don't have one. Them fly's gonna want to go somewhere.
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