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Butterbean

Keeping flies out of the kitchen

Don't know if this has been posted or not but if you hang a plastic bag full of water with two pennies in it above the door to your kitchen the flies will not come in.  I've seen this and heard of it but never have done it till recently.  My garden kitchen is near the pig pen and I have a lot of flies.  Try as I may I couldn't keep the buggers from getting in so I gave this a try.  Apparantly it works.   Someone explained to me that the fly thinks ..... I didn't listen after that cause I don't know how he would have known the thoughts of a fly. Anyhow, its not 100% effective but its dang near 90% effective.

What do you think the fly thinks?  
Mo

It thinks "Oh No! not the bag of water with pennies trick!" ?
gorlan

pest

i hang a bunch of nettles up,flys hate them.
aseel

flys

my nan always kept some fresh mint plants about the kitchen
Seabird

Funnily enough - I was reading in an old magazine in the doctor's this morning that pots of BASIL on the kitchen window sills will deter flies. That's no hardship 'cos I LOVE the smell of basil! Will have to get a few more pots on the sill.
lilwitedogs

The fly thinks the thing is some giant fly eating monster?
lottie

Thinks it's a frog My Gran swore by  a mix of Tansy,Pennyroyal and Fleabane.
Butterbean

lottie wrote:
Thinks it's a frog My Gran swore by  a mix of Tansy,Pennyroyal and Fleabane.


I hadn't thought about that but that very well could be it.  Since I've hung the bag I haven't had but one fly in the kitchen in two weeks.  Before I had dozens of them by the door and now I have none.  I noticed the butcher has two bags hanging over his back door as well.  Whatever the reason it sure does work like a charm.
Mo

I thought you were pulling our legs, Butterbean - like, how many of the Brits will fall for this one? But, I'm going to try it  
bodger

I was always told that keeping a bucket of poop in the living room kept flies out of the kitchen.
Darren

is the bag open or tied up? is the bag clear or not? eagerly waiting to try this
lottie

TBH--the most effective thing I use is an old fashioned fly swatter--and the leaping about is good exercise and gives my nearest and dearest a laugh at my expense I'm going to give the bag and coins a try though--I never knock any idea until I've given it a go.
Butterbean

Mo wrote:
I thought you were pulling our legs, Butterbean - like, how many of the Brits will fall for this one? But, I'm going to try it  


Not at all.  I thought it a joke too but when I saw the butcher had three hanging out back and one over the front door I started paying more attention.  Then at Granny Evie's house - she don't have AC and keeps the windows open - there is a bag above every opening.

Its just a clear ziplock bag.  I used a quart one and filled with water and two pennies. (some people don't do the pennies but you are supposed to) then tied it shut with butcher's twine and hung it from a nail above the door.  When I hung it there were probably 40 flies on the storm door glass.  Within a few minutes there were just a few.  Then the next day I noticed I had none - which was very odd.  Since I've hung the bag I've only found one fly in the kitchen.  Keep in mind the kitchen I'm talking about is in a barnyard with pigs on one side and cows on the other.  I'm really impressed that it worked.  Why it does I haven't a clue but it honestly does.
Butterbean

bodger wrote:
I was always told that keeping a bucket of poop in the living room kept flies out of the kitchen.


I imagine it would keep most everything in the kitchen too - cept the flies.

On the same note I know a butcher who decapitates the animal first thing and puts the head about 20 yards from where the carcus will be cleaned and the flies don't bother him.

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