Homemade Fly Repellent: Ziploc Bag, Water & Pennies!

I just got a very interesting forward email from my aunt that talked about using a Ziploc bag half-filled with water and pennies to repel flies! I have never heard of this method before and decided to check it out. I won't know if it really works until later this afternoon because the flies usually do not come around until the afternoon. 

Instead of pounding a nail into our cement siding, I hung the bag from our outdoor lights with some twine. 

Not sure if this trick really works, but heck fire I'm certainly going to find out!
Here is a tip that might help...ZIP LOCK BAG - tip!

We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. 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!The owner 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!

#1 Says:
I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies 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!

#2 Says:
Fill a zip lock 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 nest and are threatened.

#3 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.

#4 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.

Thanks, Rosie!

1.0   Caroline S.
5/22/2014 4:22:42 PM
I've tried this last summer when we had a big party and flies were swarming on us! Unfortunately, it didn't work and we had 3 to 4 bags. Many folks have suggested making bat houses to get rid of flies and mosquitoes but that will only eliminate a fraction of the problem....plus you now have a bat problem! The best fly repellent on the market by far is Quickbayt Fly Bait. The flies will literally die within 20 seconds of ingesting product. It's kind of fun watching them do they robot dance just before they say their last goodbyes. http://bugrepellentzone.com/flies/fly-repellent/quickbayt-fly-bait-350-gm/
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