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flies, pennies and a ziploc bag... does it work?


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#1 Aga

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:12 PM

Does this really work?

I just received an email that stated the following:


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.

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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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#2 Angeleyes

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:17 PM

Interesting.................

#3 DistractedMom

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:28 PM

A restaurant here does that. They're located beside the river, and they have big garage doors they open on cool days. And they swear that trick works like magic.

#4 Aga

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:31 PM

A restaurant here does that. They're located beside the river, and they have big garage doors they open on cool days. And they swear that trick works like magic.


So there IS a real life testimony here.... hmmm...

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:00 PM

Snopes doesn't know what to make of it. Let us know how it works if you try it.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:08 PM

If you use dimes does it work ten times better? :D

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:25 PM

Lancaster County is horrible for flies. I tried this trick, and I can't say I noticed any difference. When I saw a couple of flies actually land on the bag, I took the stupid looking thing down.
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Posted 23 May 2010 - 09:39 PM

Lancaster County is horrible for flies. I tried this trick, and I can't say I noticed any difference. When I saw a couple of flies actually land on the bag, I took the stupid looking thing down.


I would have probably done the same thing...



Perhaps things like smoke/incense are better deterrents of flies

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#9 Aga

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 09:40 PM

If you use dimes does it work ten times better? :D


cute sunglasses!

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#10 HEARSEMAN666

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 10:33 PM

I was on the Eastern Shore yesterday at a cookout and they used this trick. It seemed to work.

#11 Aga

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:52 PM

I have this on my patio now.... well, I guess I should wait until I really get some flies...

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