Zip Lock Bag Fly Trick

My mom is always sending me the weirdest emails. She is a huge fan of the forwarded jokes, stories, videos and prayers. I usually just look right past them but today I decided to read one and just couldn’t pass up sharing this information with you.

Do any of you live in areas that are infested with flies and bugs? Well go grab a zip lock bag, some water and some pennies and wait for the magic.

It is rumored to believe that any flies or other pests or bugs will stay clear of your home if you were to take a:

  1. zip-lock bag

  2. fill it up half way with water

  3. drop in a hand full of pennies (at least 5)

  4. and hang that bag in the areas

I am not exactly sure how it works and according to Snopes.com neither is anyone else around because they can neither confirm or deny the story, but there are a few reports that it works.

I got my bag ready to test out. I threw in a quarter and a dime for good luck. Hope that does throw off the results.

My mom’s emails included some online testimonies (how creditable they are, hmm don’t know, but here they are):

Ann 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 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!

Danielle Martin 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. Every 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.

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 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.

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