Just a simple journal about my life with husband, kids, grandkids, and extended family. Probably nothing special to the rest of the world, but very special to me.

Monday, July 9, 2012

I Don't Know Why This Works, I'm Just Glad It Does!

I got this tip (about warding off flies by hanging a bag of water with a penny in it) from my blogger friend Jill ~ (it's within this post HERE).

Mia had come for a play date with Jayden...

...and we went out to play on the little deck and it wasn't long before the flies came to bother the kids.  So I remembered Jill's suggestion and gave it a try.  And, guess what?  NO FLIES!

Even while feeding Eóghan outside!  Not one fly to bother us!

Just this one little bag did the trick:
(You can't see the penny in the bag in this picture, but it's in there.)

The side deck right outside our back screen room is tiny, I'm sure you'd have to use more bags to cover a larger area.

I clipped a ziploc baggie to the wind chimes and it's been there for days, through wind, rain, and shine.
Then I tried hanging a few bags from the awning on the side deck by the pool to see if I could ward off the bug problem we sometimes get back by the pool (not only flies, but bees, wasps, and hornets, and I read elsewhere that the water in the bag will keep them away too) but the bags kept falling off.  Then I remembered what another blogger wrote a few years ago about her solution to her bug problem.  She didn't have the money to buy screens for her awning so instead she got some sheer curtains and hung them from her awning, it didn't obstruct the air flow but it did deter the bugs, so I gave that a try and it's helped a lot too!  It especially helps if there is a little bit of a breeze, I don't know how this works either but I think the bugs think someone is constantly swatting at them as the curtains flow back and forth:


  1. Good for you! I have seen similar things like that in restaurants during the summer and they say it works, too. Whatever it takes, right?:) Happy Summer! Lori

  2. That's a great idea! I wonder if it works with gnats? That's what always seems to follow me around!! I will definitely remember this tip. Thanks Jill and Eileen.
    It looks like you've got a regular nursery going on there Eileen. Do you get any nap time in?!
    Love Di ♥

  3. It IS hard to keep up with you :)
    And I'm definitely going to try the "fly" tricks - especially now that it cooled off enough to go outside again!
    I love your pictures of the kids playing. Looks like SUCH fun.

  4. Really! I am willing to give this a try! I have enjoyed my visit and am your newest follower!

  5. I'm SO glad it worked!!!!!!!!
    We actually never tried it since we ended up eating inside.But as soon as it cools enough to eat out, we will give it a try. Thanks Eileen!!

  6. Eileen what great summer tips! Thanks for sharing.