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Windows 7: Something very ungeeky - fly control

14 Apr 2010   #1
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Something very ungeeky - fly control

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 5 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!

Ann Says:
I tried the Ziplocs 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 and NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. Not sure why it works but it does!

Danielle Says:
Fill a Ziploc 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, ever 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's 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 makes 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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14 Apr 2010   #2
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W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Wow... I'll check to see if it works w/ fruit flies when they inevitably come back this summer.
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14 Apr 2010   #3

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That's definately worth trying. I like finding home remedies for stuff.
Thanks Wolfgang.
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14 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

That is interesting. I will try this on the farm in North Carolina this summer.
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