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Woman Says Super Simple Cheap Hack Keeps Flies Away

Woman Says Super Simple Cheap Hack Keeps Flies Away

A woman says she has managed to keep flies out of her home with a super simple, cheap hack.

Alison Turnball Halliday shared her trick on a Facebook page dedicated to cleaning hacks and says that it works like a charm.

Credit: Alison Turnball Halliday
Credit: Alison Turnball Halliday

Sharing a snap of a bag of water with a few coins in, she wrote: "I've seen a few people mention on here about a bag of water with coins in to stop flies from going in the house.

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"Today I decided to give it a go. I had nowhere to hang the bag so just put it on the ground.

"The doors have been open since 7.30am and I haven't had one fly in the house - even when making food. It's a big thumbs up from me."

Others have commented to say they'd tried it and it worked, with one person responding: "Works for me I've done it for a few years now."

While a second said they implemented the trick and 'went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long'.

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To give it a shot, you'll need to fill up a clear plastic bag with some water and spare change - about 10p in 1p and 2p coins should be fine, then either hang it over your door or window or leave it on the ground.

The jury is still out as to how this trick actually works. Some people argue the bags of water confuse the sensitive eyes of flies and make them think they're looking at a large body of water which they will the try and avoid. Others says the flies are confused by the refracted light coming from the bags.

Credit: Storyblocks
Credit: Storyblocks

Then there are your non-believers who say the bags just act like a placebo effect and people attribute a decrease in the number of flies - for any number of reasons - to the bags of water and coins.

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According to Snopes it's still very much undecided, with one study even showing that bags of water (minus the coins) led to an increase in flies.

A lot of the 'evidence' does seem to be anecdotal, but if you're currently under siege from winged insects then for 10p you might want to give it a try.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Alison Turnball Halliday

Topics: Interesting

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]