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How to banish pesky flies for GOOD: Aussies go wild for unusual ‘bag hack’ that actually works – and you don’t need any harsh chemicals

  • A unique ‘bag hack’ to deter flies in summer has gone viral online  
  • The trick involves placing coins in a bag with water and hanging from the ceiling 
  • It’s believed the reflection of the coins and water confuses the stubborn bugs 
  • One mum said she ‘hasn’t seen a fly for weeks’ since using the simple hack 

A unique way to banish flies around the home during summer has captured the attention of hundreds of mums online. 

Sharing the tip to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook group, the hack requires three materials and can be prepared in a few minutes. 

It involves placing a handful of coins inside a Zip-lock bag full of water then hanging from the ceiling, window or under the patio to keep bugs away. 

One mum said she ‘hasn’t seen a fly for weeks’ since trying the unlikely bag hack. 

It involves placing a handful of coins inside a Zip-lock bag full of water then hanging from the ceiling, window or under the patio to keep bugs away

Mums have found a way to stop banish flies for good in summer without using any chemicals. It involves placing a handful of coins inside a Zip-lock bag full of water then hanging from the ceiling, window or under the patio to keep bugs away

The bag is then positioned high on the top of a backyard door, window or under the patio to keep the bugs away

The bag is then positioned high on the top of a backyard door, window or under the patio to keep the bugs away 

It’s based on the theory that the reflected light from the water and coins confuses the flies – but the notion remains uncertain.

Some believe the bag ‘projects the image of water’, which flies prefer to stay away from. 

The clever theory is also the perfect alternative solution to using harsh chemicals around the home.

The trick is based on the theory that the reflected light from the water and coins confuses the flies - but the notion remains uncertain. Some believe the bag 'projects the image of water', which flies prefer to stay away from

The trick is based on the theory that the reflected light from the water and coins confuses the flies – but the notion remains uncertain. Some believe the bag ‘projects the image of water’, which flies prefer to stay away from

The clever theory is also the perfect alternative solution to using harsh chemicals around the home. Since the hack was shared online, others starting testing it out for themselves

The clever theory is also the perfect alternative solution to using harsh chemicals around the home. Since the hack was shared online, others starting testing it out for themselves

Since the hack was posted online, others starting testing it out for themselves and shared the results. 

‘I have no idea how or why this utter witchcraft works, but it does!’ another said.  

A third person added: ‘Mine [worked] too! Totally didn’t believe in it and neither did my husband and now … bags with coins on every door!’

‘We live on a working farm and two days ago were being driven nuts by big buzzy flies, put this up and they have literally vanished. Not even dead on window sills just vanished!’ another said.

‘I have no idea how or why this utter witchcraft works, but it does,’ a fourth wrote.  

What do the Mythbusters think?

On the famed show Mythbusters the experts tested this theory.

‘This myth is based in the theory that refracted light in water confuses flies’ compound eyes,’ they said.

‘The Build Team made a rig consisting of three chambers separated by trap doors. The first chamber would hold the flies, the second would hold some rotten meat, and the third would hold both rotten meat and a bag of water. 

‘They then released over 5,000 flies from the first chamber and waited to see how many flies would go into each of the other two. 

‘After the chambers were sealed off, they let all the flies die and collected the corpses to weigh for comparison. The chambers with and without the water contained 35 and 20 grams of flies, respectively, busting the myth.’

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