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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:31 pm 
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and it works. No one knows why, but it does. If you google Flies water bag, articles come up.

Q: At a Mississippi drive-in, I questioned the waitress about the bag of water over the door, thinking it might be a prank. I am 51 and had never come across this so I thought she was kidding when she told me it repelled flies.

She was familiar with its use last summer and was convinced that it is a valid theory. I was motivated to look it up on the Internet. What can you tell me about it?

A: This is a result of a column I wrote a number of years ago and is worth repeating.

Fill a sandwich-size Ziploc bag about half full of water. Tape the top of the bag to the outside of your door. Replenish the water as needed.
It is not clear why these water bags repel flies, but they do. I have gotten a ton of mail from all over the world when this column originally ran and the mail ran 9 to 1 saying this method worked."


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Crazy. I might have to try that.. for all the bugs that people assured me Colorado didn't have. :shock:

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Origam wrote:
Crazy. I might have to try that.. for all the bugs that people assured me Colorado didn't have. :shock:


When you visit CO after living here, it seems like there are no bugs up there.

Heck, I don't care if it's humane or not. If it really works, I'd use it.

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we have done the ziplock bag thing for years around here. thought that everyone already knew about it. guess not

of course i shoot them out of the air with a 22 pistol gun fighter style to practice for shooting the toes off of raccoons in the dead of night(inside joke grace and jim will understand lol)


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Archer wrote:
When you visit CO after living here, it seems like there are no bugs up there.


Mosquitos, flies, dragonflies, walking sticks, gnats, waterbugs, etc. 'Course maybe they all stay down on the prarie.. I haven't seen many in town.

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Yeah, you've got all of those, but the numbers are small.

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Archer wrote:
Yeah, you've got all of those, but the numbers are small.


When someone leaves the screendoor open it doesn't seem like small numbers. :D

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I bet it's better than the flocks we have here. See, you actually get a winter to kill off some of the bugs. We don't.

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Washing also works well.


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Archer wrote:
I bet it's better than the flocks we have here. See, you actually get a winter to kill off some of the bugs. We don't.


Yeah.. thats about the only thing good the cold weather does. :D

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Washing also works well.


Does it? We don't do washing over here.. over here we warsh.

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X-Black wrote:
Washing also works well.


Hah! That was a good one.

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Thrillbilly wrote:
we have done the ziplock bag thing for years around here. thought that everyone already knew about it. guess not

of course i shoot them out of the air with a 22 pistol gun fighter style to practice for shooting the toes off of raccoons in the dead of night(inside joke grace and jim will understand lol)



Whew! Had me there for a sec.


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