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Originally posted by PSUSA
Here's a little trick I learned last year when I spent some time in south TX. It may be common knowledge to some, but it was news to me.
Take a clear plastic bag, drop a penny in it, fill it with water, seal it, and hang it where you want the flies gone. I suppose it works, because I didn't see any flies where other places had plenty of them. Now, I understand the total lack of logic in this cause/effect, believe me. I just heard it messes with the flies eyes.
If you're forced to bug out and live in the sticks for a while, or if you're just having a picnic, this might make life a little more bearable.
Originally posted by alien
This is also a method I use when out in the bush for extended lengths of time Deer hunting.
I have NO idea why or how it works...it was something my Dad showed when he was teaching me bushcraft as a kid...and it works. Keeps the vension from getting so fly-blown before you can get it back home.
Another method we use with the vension/wild pork - apart from keeping it covered of course - but we also rub it down with leaves from a native type of pepper-tree found in our country.
It tends to keep flies away very well...be it through concealing the smell perhaps or giving off a smell that flies find not to their liking. Either way its another method we use.
The leaves of that tree also don't taint the taste of the meat, so no worries there either.
Good tip there OP!
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
Being from Texas I have heard of that trick but have never tried it so cannot vouch for whether it works or not.
On the same note though, I wonder about how to keep other biting/disease carrying bugs such as Mosquitos away.... Anybody know of any home made tricks for other bugs?
Originally posted by Alena Michelle
I live in NE TX and I put the plastic bags/water/pennies up all over my gazebo last summer and it seemed to work for a few days and then the flies were back...I even saw them crawling on the plastic bags. Maybe it only fools them for a short time