Skip to comments.Bags of water hung to keep flies away
Posted on 08/26/2006 12:39:07 AM PDT by carlo3b
NewsTrack - Quirks
Bags of water hung to keep flies away
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Restaurant operators along the coasts of Florida are trying a new, yet simple, way to repel flies on dining patios -- hanging bags of water.
Scientists say the method has no real merit, but restaurateurs on the Florida Keys and as far away as Texas swear by it, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"It seems to be working," said Jeannie Eckbloom, a longtime server at Gator's, on the Seminole-Volusia line. "It's even keeping the birds away."
Some scientists believe the way the light shines through the water disorients the flies, which is why they are repelled.
The idea reportedly started in North Carolina a couple of years ago, where the bags were marketed as "Fly Fright." The company that sold those bags now appears to be out of business, the newspaper said.
What did they do wrong? How do you do it right?
They kinda like twisted the plastic at the top. You need to use a zip lock sandwich size plastic bag, fill it almost full of water. Then use tacks 3 to 4 to secure it at the top. You’ve also got to place these bags from an area that hangs free [not against a wall]. Makes sense?
Thanks for the explanation.
I imagine a .223 would make quite a splash. And, take out a few flies in the process.
Im afraid this method of water in ziplock bag did not work for me. I have two bags of water outside and there are still a bunch of flies around. Dont know why they like to hang out right under my carport near my door. I just saw a bunch of little flies recently in addition to the regular big fat ones so it appears that there was a recent birth. Yuk.
Talk about an old thread.....from 2006
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