Summer is my favorite time of year, by far! Being able to spend time outside, have cookouts, or go to the beach is the best, but having to contend with all the flies and mosquitos? Not so much. Unfortunately, it seems like the flies love to attend all the same events as we do, so they're usually just an unavoidable part of life.
It's incredibly annoying to have a nice day ruined by the irritating buzzing of flies, and the fact that they also regularly land on/make contact with fecal matter is extremely unsanitary. I have screens on all my doors and windows so I can enjoy some fresh air now and then without having to worry about bugs getting in, but still, they keep finding their way in through the door whenever I'm entering or leaving my house. Not cool, flies!
You might say I could invest in a bug zapper, but those tend to spew exploded bug guts everywhere, and I'm not really into that. I did, however, find a less messy alternative that seems to be pretty popular online.
You'll need the following:
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Lime juice
- Table salt
- Shiny pennies
Mix 2.5 cups of water with a generous amount of salt and a couple squirts of lime juice. Fill the sandwich bag almost to the top with this mixture, then add in a few shiny pennies. The lime juice and salt will help keep the pennies shiny for longer. Nail it to (or suspend near) your door and you're ready to go!
Ok, I know, I know... it sounds a crazy, right? While there's no official scientific confirmation of this method, a lot of people swear by it. According to one user, this works because of how it affects a fly's visual receptors.
"Flies have visual receptors called ommatidia. Unlike humans, they don’t have pupils that control the amount of light that enters their eyes. Our pupils do, their ommatidium do not. Therefore, the reflective light or flickering light "scares" them because they can’t focus. Another homemade repellent is the use of an old CD. Just hang one nearby and allow our wonderful sun do its magic! The spinning CD that reflects the sunlight is a knockout for those pesky flies!!! Trust me… it works."