The Plastic Bag of Water Really Does Keep Flies Away


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.)

(To learn how to keep ants 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.

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16 comments to “The Plastic Bag of Water Really Does Keep Flies Away”
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  2. This is truly not cultural superstition, but science! It works out the plastic bag of water hung on a door is a fly repellent. There is disagreement over how this really operates, but many affirm that it works.

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  5. It really does work, it keeps the flies away from grills when cooking out & getting into the house. We use it every year. Just try it!!!!!!

  6. Because of all of our garden produce, we were having a terrible time with houseflies. I saw this post and really did not think it would work.

    Since I had nothing to lose, I gave it a try. For a couple of days we still had flies galore. But in about a week I noticed, “We don’t have any flies…NONE.”

    Made a believer out of me.

  7. I just tried this- I was sitting in my garden and got fed up from all the flies landing on me, so did a quick search and found this. I dropped a penny in a snack sized bag, filled it full of water and set it next to me. I was amazed that not a single fly landed on me for the next half hour I was out there. Now I have them hanging outside my sliding glass doors. Great life hack! Even shared this link to my FB page!

  8. I put 3 up around my house and still am watching flies come in and out. Knew it wouldn’t work. This is the second time u tried it. Must be doing something wrong?

  9. Hmmm. No reduction in flies? Is the bag able to “dangle” with light coming through both sides? Now, if there is “meat” around, I have noticed that the flies still come around. Maybe try a glass bottle, with a piece of felt, along with the bags. Just make sure there are no garbage cans around, or anything that will attract the flies, and overwhelm them. Let me know what happens. They can be such a pest!

  10. It DOES work, we’ve been using it for years on our farm and at the lake. We put the zip lock bags in a wire beer cup holder, push them into the ground, thru the deck boards and NEVER, EVER have flies or wasps, bees, moths, etc. since. U can also staple bags under your deck, too difficult for me though.

  11. You needn’t go to all that trouble…just blow air into a paper bag and tie it up in the entrance of any door you do not wish flies to enter.

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