Monday, June 14, 2010

Ziplock Bag Filled with Water & Pennies Repels Flies & Wasps!

Apparently, there is a new tactic (well, new to me) that people are using in order to repel pesky flies and wasps from getting into their homes/restaurants/stores. It literally only costs a few pennies, and supposedly it works wonders! Not to mention, it doesn't involve the usage of any pesticides...

Basically, all you have to do is take a ziplock baggie, fill it half-way with water, and then toss a few clean and shiney pennies into the bag. Next, take the baggie, and hang it near all of the entry-ways to your areas where you want to repel the flies and wasps, and that's it.

I looked up why this method works, and I found the following explanation at

How to Get Rid of Flies
Hanging a clear plastic bag half filled with water and a few pennies works to keep flies and other winged things away – here’s why:

Water, itself, has zillions of molecules that all reflect light.

Add reflective pennies and even more light is reflected for a mirror ball effect.

A flies eyes (and many other winged things’ eyes) are like mirror balls themselves.

So when the flies - or other winged creatures - see the water molecules reflecting light on top of the pennies, which in turn reflect even more light in the water – the flies basically get dizzy per se from all of the reflective properties and keep their distance.

A couple of weeks ago when I was able to steal a day to get away to a cottage (see Random Nature Shots from Beautiful Ontario...), I really could have used this tactic, as the black flies were in a rage around the Q-Barb (or BBQ for those who are not fluent in jackandcokewithalime speak)...

Anyway, good to know... :)


(Image: by diaper on flickr


Anonymous said...

I'm in desperate need of a solution such as this... I will let you know how it goes.

jackandcokewithalime said...

Thanks Anonymous! I look forward to hearing how it works out for you! :)

Anonymous said...

It doesnt work I tell you. I had these baggies, with water and shiny coins hung up in our lounge by the doors and windows for the past two weeks. THE FLIES SIT ON THE BAGGIES WEATHER IT IS UNDER SUNLIGHT OR NOT!!!! However if there is any additional methods I could use regarding to this matter I'd certainly like to hear them.

Unknown said...

I just had 15 wasps and some flies on my back deck!! I couldn't even get to my broom so I could sweep the deck off!! So I thought I might as well try it, I have nothing to loose but a couple of baggies right, I hung 3 and went back out in 5 mins I only seen one and that was on the other end of the deck and he landed way up on my house. So far so good:-) sure hope it continues so they will stay away from our pool this year.

Unknown said...

I've been using this method a couple of years now and it works for me! West Virginia

JS said...

How many pennies do you put in the bag?

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angel rose said...

will it work hung on inside of windows as i live on top floor of apt bldg and desperate