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Shoo fly – keep flies away with a bag of pennies and water?

I recently was at my friend’s house and we were eating outside under her umbrella-ed table. I looked up and there were a few zip lock baggies half full of water with 5 or 6 pennies in each pinned to the umbrella so they were hanging down. I thought they were there to weigh down the umbrella or as part of some crazy decorating scheme but in fact they were there to keep the flies away.

My friend read somewhere that flies are intimidated by the pennies’ brightness or shiny quality when they are in the water. They are either blinded or threatened -¬†and they stay away. She swears by it although I am skeptical. I have more of a problem with bees, but if I had flies, it would be worth a shot. If you have tried this, did it work? Let us know!

4 Responses to “Shoo fly – keep flies away with a bag of pennies and water?”

  1. Virginia Wood says:

    I’ve known several people in various states who swear by this tip. They say the water magnifies the flies and acts as a mirror. They are actually seeing themselves, only huge, and are afraid.

  2. Crystal says:

    we do a lot of entertaining out on the deck and having a pool flies r terrible,we tried the bags of water & it works you can also use med. size jars ,works the same.Great idea for outdoor lovers such as I.

  3. Tabitha says:

    For bee’s my grandma always tucked a fabric softener sheet in the mailbox and even made a funny looking flower center piece made from fabric softener sheets and the bee’s stayed away from our table.

  4. says:

    But what dp we do about pesky mosquitos????

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