Keeping Houseflies Away

It sounds strange but hanging half a bag of water at the entrance of the door will keep flies away. I think the reflection of the water in a clear plastic bag has something to do with it. Do not fill bag, but half way. Hang at door height, also works outside to keep flies away from carports.

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  1. Mrs Koehn says:

    Lots of people in the South do this, and it does seem to work. I’ve heard because the water reflects in their big fly-eyes. :)

  2. ANITA LENKER says:


  3. Lots of people here in KY do this, some will even drop a penny into the bag of water, gives added reflection. Those around the lake that own bait shops hang a bag at every entrance.

  4. deb jones says:

    I am going to try this. Despite washing and scrubbing my front door, screen door and surrounding walk area and such with bleach, I still get major flies. Not paying pest control $55 or more to get no results. Hope this works ! I will post if it does !

  5. I tried this last year, but it didn’t work for me. This year, I am trying vanilla-scented auto air fresheners, as I have read on other sites that flies do not like the scent of vanilla for some reason.

    Two weeks ago, we had a huge amount of flies coming into the house because the kids kept running in and out of the kitchen door. I hung a vanilla-scented air freshener on the screen door handle, and haven’t seen a fly inside since!

    So far, so good.

  6. We use an old family formula we called “Fly Be Gone”. It includes a shallow glass dish of water, 2 drops of yellow or blue food coloring, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and a slice of bologna (completely submerged.) Place next to entry door with an electric fan blowing across the surface and toward outdoors. Change bologna every 5-7 days. Works like magic!

  7. A small flock of ducks running around the yard works as well. They chase and eat the flies. We had a terrible time with flies until my mama duck hatched out 5 cute little duckies. Now that she is up off the nest and her offspring are running around, we have seen them actively chasing and eating the flies in the barnyard. To be sure, we have had a decided drop in the flies inside the house as well. Can’t help but believe its due to the ducks! Getting duck eggs to boot! Nothing better than farm life!