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Z is for Zillions of Flies

Yes, zillions! I don't know about where you live, but in Missouri the flies have been atrocious this summer! Oh my gosh, they just swarm on our porches and then get into the house. We spend hours every night swatting flies. They gross me out so bad and are so stinking annoying! Our dogs are terrified of the fly swatter because of all of the chaos of hunting down flies!

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Several years ago we were on a mini-vacation in Branson, Missouri, and went to the Dam and fish hatchery. As I was walking into the conservation center, I noticed a plastic bag filled with water nailed next to the door. When I asked the agent about the bag of water, she informed me that it helped with the flies.

In the past I have tried this little trick, but didn't seem to think that it worked very well. The other day I saw that my mom had one hung on her back deck next to the door. I asked her about it and she said that it had made a huge difference! She said that she was told that the key is to put some pennies in the water.

Out of desperation, I gave it a try. And, you know what?? Our fly infestation seems to have decreased dramatically. We still have some flies ... it is summer ... but I didn't have to swat any this evening. And, usually, as I am laying in bed at the end of the night, since my nightstand light is the only light on in the house, the flies find me and just bug me to death until I finally give up and shut off the light. Tonight? No flies!

There are those that believe this works and those that don't. The theories on why it might work are varied, as well. I guess the best way to find out if it works is to give it a try. All I know is that it, coincidentally or not, seemed to work for us.

This is the last post on this round of Marcy's Blogging Through the Alphabet linky at Ben and Me.


  1. I'm stopping by from Blogging Through the Alphabet. I've never heard of this, but it might be worth a try.


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