This is kind of freaking me out — but in a good way. I kept seeing this thing about a penny in a bag of water to keep flies away last summer on the Internet, but it looked kind of complicated, so I stayed away from it. This year, I decided to analyze it a bit further. I learned that this is not complicated at all — it’s just so simple, that you think it must be complicated. You simply fill a plastic bag with water, drop a penny in it, and hang it in on your door, and it supposedly, keeps flies away. (To learn how to keep flies off your picnic table, click here.)
It works, because of the fly’s eye –fragmented lenses, and when it sees the water, it fragments, and the penny looks like some predator, a HUGE spider or something. And the fly thinks — I am OUTTA here.
But, it DOES work. Low and behold — it works. It really does keep flies out of the house. We keep testing the flies — leaving out chips, watermelon rinds and dip, just daring the flies to make an appearance. And they do not come. It’s kind of freaky; you know? Who’s heard of a picnic without flies?
But who’s to say, right? Maybe there were just no flies left? So, when it was lunch time, I moved the plastic bag to the picnic table outside. Our picnic table is about 10-15 feet away from the door– there was no way to “hang” the bag over the table, so I decided I would fill a pickle jar with water, insert a penny, and set the jar upside down — same concept, I’m thinking.
No flies came all through lunch. There were there during breakfast, when I didn’t have the plastic bag, or the jar. Now, no flies.
Friends, this has been days. And still, no flies. I can leave food on the picnic table — and not worry a thing about the flies. I can leave out a plate of sliced fruit for the boys to nibble on — and no flies. It is a godsend.
Seriously. You must try it and tell me your results.
But here’s the thing. Does the pickle jar really work — or does the plastic bag just have that far of a reach? I don’t know. And, at this point, I’m so used to having a “no fly zone” inside and out of this area, that I almost hate to part with a single one of them, for fear flies will invade. Why mess with something that’s not broken, right?
But, when things slow down and I get a little bored, I’ll venture out and try removing one of them, and I’ll let you know what happens.
Just an FYI, I’ve tried building the mosquito trap, with the brown sugar and yeast — and that is a complete and utter failure.