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Wish flies would EFF off??

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
February 19th, 2019

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that flies are the bane of our summer existence. They ruin everything. You know that barbie you’re kicking back at in the sunshine? Flies ALL OVER those sausages. Those outdoor drinks you’re enjoying on the deck? A fly has just rubbed its germy, poo-infested legs all over the rim of your glass. Taking your kids out to the park? Get ready for tears, because those flies are gonna be up in their grill. All day long.


It’s annoying, because you just wanna be outside in summer. There have been a million times where we’ve aborted our attempts at an outdoor dinner on a balmy night because the flies are just so full on that we spend more time shooing them away than actually getting our fork into our gobs. No one likes a fly, especially those big, slow ones that just hover around you; slow enough to be a constant nuisance, but fast enough to escape the swatter.

Hack in action

I recently read about a little hack that tonnes of people swear by for making sure your digs (or outdoor area) are a fly-free zone. It’s practically free, super effective and way better on the snoz than breathing in an entire can of Mortein.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Zip-lock bag
  • A few coins
  • Water

Here’s what you do:

  • Fill your zip-lock bag half way with water
  • Drop in 4 to 6 coins
  • Seal the bag and hang up anywhere you want the flies to piss off from, for example: around the BBQ, outdoor decking areas, doorways, windows, the perimeter of the entire planet, etc.

How does it work?

There are a few theories around this, but the ones that seem the most common are:

  • The flies mistake the bags with the water and coins as the nest of another animal and steer clear because they see it as a threat.
  • The millions of molecules of water inside the bag give a prism effect that stuns the flies like a tonne of disco balls flashing at them, making them dizzy. This is largely in part to flies having five eyes – two main ones and then three ‘simple eyes’ on the forehead area in between the two big ones. Gross.

When Melbourne decides to bring summer back, I’ll totally be trying this…. and by the way, WHERE DO FLIES GO IN WINTER? Anyone know? Let us know in the Facebook comments. Please.

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