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Butterbean

Keeping house flys out of your house

I began noticing zip lock bags full of water hanging above the doors and windows of some houses.  My wife's cousin's house had them too so I asked him what the deal was.  He told me it helped keep flies out of the house somehow.  Call me cynical but this just didn't wash with me till I went to see my butcher and he had them hanging all around his back door.  So I guess it might just work but then again they say faith can move mountains.

Anyone ever here of this?
mogs

does it work on just flies, or other flying beasties?
lilwitedogs

My friend and I were discussing this.  She tried it at her barn door and says it works.  She told me that the flies perceive the bag as an enemy.

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Butterbean

I don't know much more about it than I posted but everyone I've talked to whose tried it says it works.  At the butcher shop the flies were all over the bags just sitting there and rarely do I ever see one in his shop.
daddymatty82

just a bag with water in it? sealed?
papillon

Try a jam jar with the lid pierced with a knife or screwdriver just enough to get fly in. Place a piece of meat in the jar and seal. fly goes into hole can't get out hey presto a cheap and cheerful fly trap. Fill with small amount of water and they can drown in this. Same can be done with wasps and a small amount of jam or honey and water mix, they go in but don't come out.
Butterbean

daddymatty82 wrote:
just a bag with water in it? sealed?


Yes.  All I've seen are just ziplock sandwich bags filled with water.
mogs

[color=blue]Try a jam jar with the lid pierced with a knife or screwdriver just enough to get fly in. Place a piece of meat in the jar and seal. fly goes into hole can't get out hey presto a cheap and cheerful fly trap. Fill with small amount of water and they can drown in this.

Same can be done with wasps and a small amount of jam or honey and water mix, they go in but don't come out.[/color]


yeah know these two, the first can really smell and the second you see lots of places in the summer. it also traps bees !!!   and thats a no no.

but never heard of the original idea in the post.  gonna try it tho  
Bazzer

The one for wasps actually attracts them thus defeating the object.
Seabird

I've also seen big silver balls (like Christmas decorations) hung up to deter flies.

The plastic bag idea is cheaper though - must try it, thanks Butterbean  
Mouldywarp

I think the ones you have seen may be Red Top fly traps. The bag contains a pheromone (sp) that attracts flies. It is diluted with water and attracts female flies who get in to the bag but can not get out. I have had a lot of success with these keeping fly numbers down near to my ferrets. They are not cheap but very effective.
All the best
M
Diz

In days past, the Fungi, Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) was used as a fly killer. The cap was cut into small pieces and placed into a a saucer of milk. The Flys would feed and thought to die. It was thought that they were poisoned. However, the fly's were experiencing the hallucinogenic property's of the Fungi.

Slainte
Diz
Torreya

Fancy wasting magic mushrooms on flies!

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