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Fly Repellant for Porch Area

I'd like to know if anyone has any suggestions on how to stop common houseflies from hanging around on our back porch. They seem to accumulate there every day. The porch is very clean, no food or animal waste is present to attract them. And please don't suggest one of those unsightly sticky fly ribbons. Thanks

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September 3, 20040 found this helpful
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Hang dried tansy in attractive bunches the way flowers and herbs are hung to dry. Or you can plant tansy and hang the plants in baskets along your porch. This repels flies.

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September 4, 20040 found this helpful
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Fill small Ziplock Bags with water and hang them above the entrance to the porch, and perhaps also above the door to the house. I don't really know why this works, but it does. I think I read somewhere it has to do with how the eye of the fly reacts to the reflection from the water...but not sure. Just try it!

Harlean from Arkansas

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May 9, 20160 found this helpful

I tried this..I even tried the one that suggests you add the pennies .RESULT: (keep in mind, this is my personal result only-yours may be different)

In a nutshell, they laughed at me. The flies, they pretty much laughed at me. They didnt care at all about the bags. In fact I think they invited friends to come laugh at me too. I think I heard some of them laughing and saying "she thinks if she read about it on the internet, then it must be true". (Okay, maybe that was a bit excessive. Thank goodness for me I did not actually hear flies talking or laughing). It seems though that if they could, they certainly did. Did not work for me BUT I hope it does work for you.

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

you need to put it in direct sunlight, i swear it works and this is super helpful because it is not scent oriented do it doesn't matter how much wind there is. you need really strong, direct sunlight for this though, or it will not work. Also it doesn't affect gnats.

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June 30, 20170 found this helpful

This is the one I was looking for. Couldn't remember if anything added to water. A penny in there is supposed to be amazing.

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January 12, 20050 found this helpful
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Grow Basil in a couple of pots, works a treat.

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April 3, 20050 found this helpful
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Try rubbing window screens and other outdoor surfaces with a fabric softner sheet. I've heard that the generic brand from Walmart works the best.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful
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My cousins have been using the water bags for years. I asked them how it works, and they said that the flies think it's a hornets nest. I asked them which fly told them that. Who knew?

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January 5, 20080 found this helpful
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okay if it's one people in this world who know all about flies it's us aussies! I have just tried your trick and I can not believe that within 5 minutes of going out and hanging all the little bags and spraying a bit of fly spray around onto the flies that were hanging around the dogs bowl, I now have ZERO FLIES!

I go to the Outback for my holidays and the flies there are resistant to any chemicals-can't wait to try this trick, have to figure out how to make a hat with water bags instead of corks! Only other miracle remedy I have come across for personal body application is a hand creme to which both pure Lavender oil and Sandalwood Oil have been added (I think that's right). Outback the flies crawl in your eyes, up your nose and there's billions-my mate applies this hand creme and stands next to us fly-free whilst we all have the flies all over us.

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June 28, 20110 found this helpful
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I was told to add a couple of pennies to the Ziploc baggie of water.

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April 14, 20170 found this helpful
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I literally stopped reading this and immediately tried the bag of water with pennies inside. I had a whole lot of flies that like to hang out by my carport. It working great in the area where there is direct sunlight but unfortunately there a couple that have migrated to the area where there is shade which is buy my door. So yes the bag works in the Sunlight...

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June 19, 20170 found this helpful
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Hang a brown paper bag stuffed with newspaper. It looks like a hornets nest. Another thing that works is filling a spray bottle with half PineSol and half water and spraying the area. They don't like the PineSol.

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September 3, 20040 found this helpful

I have had Luck with Avon's Skin so Soft, I pour a bit on a paper towel and rub it on the screen door. It worked on the hubby and kids so I thought it would work on the door and it did! Hope it works for you too

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June 22, 20050 found this helpful

Had to second the suggestion from the writer in Arkansas. Just this past weekend I did the baggies all around our back porch and in the garage and by the time I was done hanging them, there were no flies.

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August 28, 20061 found this helpful

I USED THE WATER IN THE BAGS AND HUNG THEM FROM MY PORCH, THERE IS NO FLYS, BUT WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN AND NO SUN ON THE BAGS, THE FLYS INTEND TO COME BACK, I ALSO USE DAWN DISH WASHING SOAP IN A SPRAY BOTTLE AND THAT ALSO WORKS AS A FLY REPELLANT, WHEN THE DAWN GETS ON THE FLYS WINGS THEY GET HEAVY AND CAN'T FLY ,, THEN THEY DIE,

RENEE, IN NORTH CAROLINA

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October 17, 20060 found this helpful

hang a ziplock bag half full of water from each edge of the porch roof and it will repel flies. I dont know why but it does

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November 25, 20060 found this helpful

just wanted to say thanks for the tip about the water in the bags. It really works, im dumbfounded. I figured what could it hurt to try.I hung them and less than ten minutes they were gone. And we had a bunch. Wow!

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I will definitely try that, but does anyone have any suggestions for flies in the trash cans? We bleach/scrub them every week after the trash pick up and bag all our trash, but they keep coming back. Let's just say it starts with 3 and within 2 days there are about 25 inside a closed lid trash. Yuck!!

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

try sprinkling some de in the trash cans, diatomaceous earth, i see very few people mention this, it won't kill or repel flies or flying insects, but it will kill them where they accumulate. it is harmless to humans and all animals, you can buy the food grade and eat it if you like, some people brush their teeth with it and scrub their face etc, this is the only product i found that actually wiped out a bed bug invasion we had several years ago at our house. i put it in all my trash, litter boxes around the baseboards in the pantry and cupboards, under the sink. maybe the exterminators don't want us to know how great it is.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

I sprayed raid flying insects into the garbage can every other day and it works for me, I had the same problem too a lot of flies in my garbage can.

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

you can also fill clear one litre soda bottles and set them in the kitchen window and other areas of concern. they won't look as bad as the zip locks hanging around. i think they work better as well.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

I heard eucylyptus trees and branches repel flies. Does any one know if this is true?

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October 21, 20070 found this helpful

Paint you eaves a pale blue. It works dont know why, perhaps blue is a cold colour.Will be trying the water bag trick is our motor home

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December 31, 20070 found this helpful

The best thing I've EVER seen aork is a product called ZERO BUG ZONE. It has no harmfull chemicals and it last for about 4-5 months.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

Where did you get it? I want to spray my porch with it to keep flies away from catfood, and I need it ASAP! Help please!!

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April 1, 20080 found this helpful

Well we have a million flies it seems on the outside of our screened porch, and nothing works. I don't know what to do, so we are trying the bags and will let everyone know if it works.

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June 28, 20130 found this helpful

I tried the bags full of water. The flies laughed at this! Nothing works!

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

I live in Arkansas the River Valley area and have 4 dogs so the flies are horrible on my porch. I have trried the zip lock bag and because it's shady it does'nt work. Therre has to be sun. Also it has to be a clear bav with no white area to write on. I used this when I lived in OKC area next to my front door and it kept the flies away so I know this works. You can also add a new penny to add more reflection. The reason this works is the glare from the water blinds the flies eyes so it will not know ur porch is there.

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