Natural Fly Killer – A Zip Lock Bag of Water
With summer coming around the corner, the fly is standing in line to attack everything that does not move, especially our dog. The natural fly killer is something we prefer more than a commercial fly killer, and are always looking for something that works to get rid of each and every fly within range of the dog kennels, patio, yard and inside the house. However, something we never knew existed was the zip lock bag of water as an indoor fly killer and an outdoor fly killer. Not too long ago we received an email about a popular natural fly killer that costs about four cents – depending on where you shop. After that, it is history with the zip lock bag and a natural fly killer for our dog.
A zip lock bag of water as a natural fly killer?
At first, we were very skeptical of the idea of a zip lock bag of water used as a natural fly killer. Especially one that would cause flies to run for cover at such a low cost. But we thought to ourselves, “Why not?” With every rescue dog fighting them every summer, we felt a zip lock bag of water for an easy and natural fly killer was something we could afford and was safe for our dogs. After all, we were not going to be out much for 4 cents if it did not work.
In the kitchen we hung three half-filled zip lock bags of water, with four pennies in each bag. There. We had our natural fly killer up and were waiting for the flies to land — somewhere but on the dog waiting patiently below the zip lock bag to see what would happen next.
We had tied the closed bags with a twine and hung them (with most of the air removed) in varied corners in the kitchen, porch and outside patio. Within one hour, over 3/4 of the flies were gone. How it happened, we do not know. But try it yourself….do not take our word for it. You will be surprised. There are lots of natural fly killer methods out there, but none are as cheap as the zip lock bag filled with water and four shiny pennies at the bottom!
REVIEWS OF THE FLY REPELLENT BAG:
We went with some out of town friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast, and we sat in the enclosed patio section beside the house. We happened to notice a couple of 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 Goggle. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I’m now a believer! ~ Deb
Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies. No one yet knows how or why it works, but there is speculation that it has something to do with the way the moving water refracts light. If you have tried this please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to share your results with the rest of us. ~ Sue
October 5th, 2008
I did tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer with full LQ. The flys were very bad this weekend 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!!!!!!! ~ Ann
September 20th, 2008
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 but significant 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 sort of other insect nest and are threatened by this. ~ Danielle
June 7th, 2009
I swear by the plastic bag of water trick I have them on side porch ( our house entry) and all around the basement door. 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. ~ Maggie
May 16th, 2009
Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that each of 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 basically 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, worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he don’t hang around long. ~ Just DJ
(Submitted by Peggy Winter of Overton, NE)