What is This?

@marsha32 (6689)
United States
August 21, 2016 4:43pm CST
According to my husband, it's something he read on the internet that is supposed to repel flies. He's calling it an experiment. It's lime juice, salt, water, and 4 pennies in a bag. He thinks it's working. I can't say that I notice that it is. The flies are terrible on the front porch due to the bowls of cat food. My question is, if it did work, how can it when it's closed up in a zipper sandwich bag?? Willo's dad just brought her over and she asked him what that was hanging on the porch. He's obviously heard of such a thing, but he said it's baking soda, water, and pennies in a bag to repel flies. Steve corrected him on what he had put in it. How about you, have you ever heard of such a thing as this? Maybe I should look it up online myself.
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@LadyDuck (177121)
• Switzerland
22 Aug 16
It is not necessary to add anything to water, not even the coin. The water filled bag is an old trick. It (should) work because water distorts the fly’s vision and produces reflections. The fly’s eyes are structured so the water filled bag appears to them like a spider’s web, so they stay away.
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@bunnybon7 (37450)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Aug 16
and there we have an answer. i had heard of it but not how it works
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
ah ha! My daughter was telling me that when she was traveling with the fairs that people would put just bags of water in their open trailer windows to keep the flies out. Now I have the answer.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Aug 16
@LadyDuck I have heard of this but never knew why. Your explanation makes sense.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Aug 16
I have heard of putting pennies in a bag but I don't remember what else goes in the bag. I am like you, if it is sealed, then how could it work?
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
@LadyDuck gives us the answer.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Aug 16
@marsha32 I just read it and it does make sense.
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@Susan2015 (21745)
• United States
21 Aug 16
Nope, never heard of that before.
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@nanette64 (17977)
• Fairfield, Texas
22 Aug 16
I haven't heard of that one @marsha32 but when I had the dog kennels here at my place, we used dryer sheets attached to the kennel pens. No flies.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Now that is an interesting idea too. I wonder what would keep the stupid spiders off the porch too.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
the eldest son found somethin' similar 'nline, though i believe he put vinegar?? didn't work, lol. anyhow, hope ya'll 're successful. havin' critter food out 'tis jest a buffet fer those pesky lil winged creatures.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Oh yes it is...and they literally do eat it too....and well, poop on it too.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Yes I have heard of all sorts of concoctions in a plastic bag to repel flies. The one consistent thing is that you put it in a plastic bag and hang it up - usually more than one plastic bag. The way it works (if it works) I have been told, is that it fools flies. Since flies have multiple eyes (or lenses), the reflection confuses them and they leave.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Yes, I am getting that understanding from my post. Thanks for more information on it. Learning things by asking.
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@jstory07 (70062)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Aug 16
I never heard of that before. but it must work since other people told him about it.
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@Hate2Iron (8022)
• Canada
21 Aug 16
No, I have never heard of it... but it would be nice if it worked. They are awful out here!!
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@jstory07 (70062)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Aug 16
Let us know if it does work.
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@CinnamonGrl (6065)
• Paradise, California
21 Aug 16
No I haven't. Doesn't make much sense to me either!
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Sep 16
I've never heard of any portion of this before. I stopped by to see if you'd written about the empower group or not, and this caught my eye. I got an email from them asking why I'd not contacted or hooked up with you yet. I'm wondering whether you joined or what it's all about. It asked whether I wanted to sign in using my gmail account or something else, and then it looked like it accessed my email contacts and I'm hoping it didn't send them all a link to join too?
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• Midland, Michigan
3 Sep 16
@marsha32 I did get an email from them recently. This was the subject line and it came from you at their email. (Final reminder: Marsha Cooper claims to know you (circle of trust promotion). I should have contacted you first, but I followed the link and signed in with my gmail account. How do you delete the membership? I see no place to do that on the site page.
@RubyHawk (29480)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Aug 16
never heard of it. let us know what happens.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Well it's not working, at least not where it's hanging, but really no way to hang it anywhere else either.
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@RubyHawk (29480)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Aug 16
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 16
I've never heard of it, but I see you have a good explanation from @LadyDuck.
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@LadyDuck (177121)
• Switzerland
23 Aug 16
This is what I have heard as a technical explanation, there is nothing magical and I do not know why people later added the coin or other ingredients. May be to avoid to attract the mosquitoes, if the coin is made of copper of course.
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@bunnybon7 (37450)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Aug 16
i had heard of it, but like you said, i would think if it is zipped up, how can they smell it to turn them away? i would think something has to be an open part.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
Apparently it has nothing to do with the smell and you would only need water as per @LadyDuck 's explanation.
@Yadah04 (3003)
• Philippines
22 Aug 16
Really? Exactly 4 pennies? Amazing. that is a good experiment, and a cheap one. I must try that too.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
LOL I'm taking it that the pennies should have an added reflection. Maybe the lime juice and the salt is to shine those pennies up.
@Plethos (10950)
• United States
21 Aug 16
ive never heard of this method. lol, to me its effectiveness seems similar to filling up milk gallon jugs with water and placing them around your lawn to keep dogs from using it as their toilet.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
22 Aug 16
well, I wonder if that works....it might, but I think that would make for an unsightly yard with milk jugs all around.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
Never heard of this type of repelling process but I am guessing the copper of the pennies seeps through the bag and acts as a shield
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@thelme55 (15059)
• Germany
22 Aug 16
I have not heard of it but I hope it will work.
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Aug 16
Nope, never heard of it. I hope it works.
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@TRBRocks420 (82917)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Aug 16
Yeah, I am not sure how it could work if it's sealed in a bag, but best of luck lol.
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