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Bags of water hung to keep flies away
United Press International ^ | UPI

Posted on 08/26/2006 12:39:07 AM PDT by carlo3b

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Bags of water hung to keep flies away

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Restaurant operators along the coasts of Florida are trying a new, yet simple, way to repel flies on dining patios -- hanging bags of water.

Scientists say the method has no real merit, but restaurateurs on the Florida Keys and as far away as Texas swear by it, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"It seems to be working," said Jeannie Eckbloom, a longtime server at Gator's, on the Seminole-Volusia line. "It's even keeping the birds away."

Some scientists believe the way the light shines through the water disorients the flies, which is why they are repelled.

The idea reportedly started in North Carolina a couple of years ago, where the bags were marketed as "Fly Fright." The company that sold those bags now appears to be out of business, the newspaper said.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: flybait; food; itsenematime; pests; restaurants; water
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I have been in the business ^#$@%^ years, and I have never heard of this. I hope it really works, because you really don't want/need to know what we use, and how we keep outdoor cafes bug free now.. :)
1 posted on 08/26/2006 12:39:08 AM PDT by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b

It works. I have seen this in Thailand and vendors swear by it. The distorted reflection of itself is supposed to scare the Clinton out of them, leaving us bipeds to dine in peace. :)


2 posted on 08/26/2006 12:41:46 AM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: carlo3b

Got em in New Mexico ...I have some hanging up (my wife)

Does it work?
I dont know


3 posted on 08/26/2006 12:42:22 AM PDT by woofie
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To: Killborn
I've seen another ingenious solution, in Thailand itself.

I've seen street food vendors attach 5 to 6 small tape-recorder motors on a wooden beam, below the ceiling of the stall.

The motors have pieces of stiff string/ twine attached. As the motor spins, these attached pieces twirl about.
4 posted on 08/26/2006 12:45:21 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Killborn; woofie

Anything special about these bags?


5 posted on 08/26/2006 12:47:33 AM PDT by Pontiac (All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
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To: Pontiac

No ...Clear Ziplock Bag


6 posted on 08/26/2006 12:48:26 AM PDT by woofie
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To: woofie

So now, being called, "Ya old bag!" takes on a new, environmentally-friendly meaning.


7 posted on 08/26/2006 12:53:45 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: carlo3b

I was skeptical.

My sister tried it at her place in New Mexico - i was there.

The flies were actually lighting on the bag.

This is just like the Mexicans you see driving around with a CD hanging from the rear view mirror - they believe it makes their car invisible to police radar!

Sorry, but I have a 2 science degrees + a bit of the "show me".

ya want to get rid of flies? go to the hardware store and get something they call the flybag. Follow the directions. use 2-3. Keep them at least 30 feet from where you want to be...they stink, but they work. after a few days you will have to go cut the bag down and throw it away because it will be FULL of flies.

BTW, got fleas? Put nematodes in your soil....get'em at your feed store.

google around for beneficial nematode and flea


8 posted on 08/26/2006 12:58:36 AM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: Pontiac

The vendors say it's the reflection. They think it's an uberfly coming to eat them so they cut and run like wanton liberals.


9 posted on 08/26/2006 1:02:05 AM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Never saw that before. SOunds pretty cool. It's like no fly strips fan.


10 posted on 08/26/2006 1:02:57 AM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: carlo3b; VoiceOfBruck

They do this everywhere in TX.


11 posted on 08/26/2006 1:08:12 AM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Zechariah_8_13

I've tried it here to keep the elephant seals away. It really seems to be working.


12 posted on 08/26/2006 1:16:41 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: woofie

Sounds like a great bb gun target


13 posted on 08/26/2006 1:22:21 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: carlo3b
dunno if it works, but I found this...

How to get rid of flies.

This would be an awesome experiment for some kid to do at a science fair. Capture some house flies, put em in an empty room or outside area with netting, set up half the area with a bag of water... and report what you observe!

Makes me wish I had a kid.

14 posted on 08/26/2006 1:24:43 AM PDT by PureSolace (God save us all)
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To: BereanBrain

I dropped by a friend's house and was going to pick up the garbage on his yard (beat-up plastic water bottles). He said "leave them there - they keep the dogs from crapping on the yard". He then went on to explain that the dogs won't "go" near their water supply!? He swears it works - even though the bottles were old and empty (after being run over by parking on the yard).

Who was I to say?! Plus, the house is leased property on an Indian reservation so it helps him fit in too!


15 posted on 08/26/2006 1:27:09 AM PDT by geopyg (If the carrot doesn't work, use the stick. Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: carlo3b

I was in a tiny town in Northwest Missouri attending an outdoor church social a few years ago, and the church had hung bags of water for the same purpose.

I thought it was silly, but I couldn't really speak against it because I never saw a fly.


16 posted on 08/26/2006 1:27:16 AM PDT by scott7278 (The War on Terror includes defending the homefront from the MSM.)
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To: carlo3b

It doesn't work on East Texas flies. I hung some up one summer and the flies were actually lighting on them.


17 posted on 08/26/2006 1:33:07 AM PDT by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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To: woofie

We saw one hung from a drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant. There were a few pennies in the bag of water. The girl said flies think it is a wasp and move elsewhere. I've got one at the front door and one on the back deck. I don't know for sure if it works but have had no problems with flies since. However, it blows any sense of outdoor decor.


18 posted on 08/26/2006 2:00:31 AM PDT by maxter
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To: carlo3b
This idea sponsored by Ziplock ™
19 posted on 08/26/2006 2:21:22 AM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: woofie

You have these bags hanging on your wife?


20 posted on 08/26/2006 2:37:02 AM PDT by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: carlo3b

bookmark


21 posted on 08/26/2006 2:42:51 AM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: carlo3b

Are you using pyrethrin?


22 posted on 08/26/2006 2:52:36 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (We gotta watch out for the Hellbazoo and the Hamas...)
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To: carlo3b

It has an unfortunate side effect in that it also disorients blondes.


23 posted on 08/26/2006 2:55:33 AM PDT by Benrand (MEATLOAF)
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To: carlo3b

Carlo..

We started seeing this around the Hill Country around 3-4 years ago... It did seem like there were less flies... but you know .. it's hard to say... laugh...

I do know the server said it was pretty funny when one fell on one of the other servers...


25 posted on 08/26/2006 3:39:21 AM PDT by pamlet
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To: KarinG1

Dosn't work on Tennessee flies either.


26 posted on 08/26/2006 4:23:25 AM PDT by oyez (The way to punish a providence is to allow it to be governed by philosophers. --Frederick the Great)
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To: carlo3b

I saw it being used at a restaurant with outdoor seating in the Beavers Bend state park in Ok. I couldn't say whether or not it worked though.


27 posted on 08/26/2006 4:26:29 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Killborn

does it work for moskeetoes?


28 posted on 08/26/2006 4:34:19 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: BereanBrain
after a few days you will have to go cut the bag down and throw it away because it will be FULL of flies

that sounds like the same stupid pheromone trick as the Japanese beetle traps that draw all the beetles in the neighborhood to your yard.

29 posted on 08/26/2006 4:39:48 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: woofie

"...I have some hanging up (my wife) "



WHAT??????!

LOL!


30 posted on 08/26/2006 4:42:59 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: BereanBrain

Really good for fleas is diatomaceous earth and it is cheap to buy and use and wholly non-toxic. I sprayed it on my yard some years ago and have not been bothered by our once annual spring siege since. The dog stays in the yard and does not get fleas. It is good for any bugs with segmented shells. It does not wash away with the rain unless you have a pretty severe slope.


31 posted on 08/26/2006 5:00:34 AM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: carlo3b

Ha!ha! This technique is not new. I've seen it used by several vendors in 1996 at the Grand Canyon. Seemed to work!


32 posted on 08/26/2006 5:03:16 AM PDT by EBH (All great truths begin as blasphemies. GB Shaw)
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To: carlo3b
OK, now, I want to know...
33 posted on 08/26/2006 5:05:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (AIDS- the ONLY "disease" that's 99.9% preventable and blamed solely on conservative Presidents...)
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To: BereanBrain
This is just like the Mexicans you see driving around with a CD hanging from the rear view mirror - they believe it makes their car invisible to police radar!... ya want to get rid of flies? go to the hardware store and get something they call the flybag. Follow the directions. use 2-3. Keep them at least 30 feet from where you want to be...they stink, but they work. after a few days you will have to go cut the bag down and throw it away because it will be FULL of flies. BTW, got fleas? Put nematodes in your soil....get'em at your feed store. google around for beneficial nematode and flea

Good information... thanks.

34 posted on 08/26/2006 5:09:59 AM PDT by GOPJ (AIDS- the ONLY "disease" that's 99.9% preventable and blamed solely on conservative Presidents...)
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To: gusopol3

We have real problem with bees here. Wonder if it would work on them also. Prob not. We tried the old coke in a tin pan trick but that did not seem to work though either.


35 posted on 08/26/2006 5:12:13 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: BereanBrain
The MythBusters busted the CD myth.

If you want to keep fleas out of your yard plant chrysanthemums. There is something in them that fleas don't like.

I vouch for the fly bags stinking. They truly STINK and it doesn't dissipate for a long time!

36 posted on 08/26/2006 5:31:46 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: arthurus

Diatomaceous earth will also keep ants and roaches away from dog food. We used to have ants parked in our mailbox - very annoying - till we dusted it with DE. Of course, had to explain to the mailman that the white powder is NOT an illegal drug!)


37 posted on 08/26/2006 5:38:34 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: CarrotAndStick

I've seen street food vendors attach 5 to 6 small tape-recorder motors on a wooden beam, below the ceiling of the stall.

xxxxxxxxxx

Its called meat for lunch.


38 posted on 08/26/2006 5:41:10 AM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER (12 TH GENERATION PATROIT.)
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To: woofie
I have some hanging up (my wife)

I hope you give her a break once in a while. Her arms probably get tired. ;-)

39 posted on 08/26/2006 5:48:20 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit (Apparently, most who protest for peace do so at the expense of hygiene.)
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To: Pontiac
***Anything special about these bags?***

Yes.

Hi! I'm Billy Mays for "Water Bags"!
These amazing bags are $49.95 each. BUT if you order now - dial 1-800-IAM-DUMB, operators are waiting - they're only $19.95 each (PLUS S&H). And if you call in the next ten minutes we'll throw in an extra bag F-R-E-E. As a special BONUS we'll also include a Pet Rock! But you must order N-O-W.

(No C.O.D. and not available in NY, Mass, IL, CA, or any other state with laws against fraud.)

[Outlaw Billy Mays - or will someone please beat the crap out of him.]

40 posted on 08/26/2006 6:00:23 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: carlo3b

I live in Florida, and I've never seen this.


41 posted on 08/26/2006 6:09:43 AM PDT by Brilliant
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Dang. I live in Orlando, and I've never seen this. I wonder where this author eats?
42 posted on 08/26/2006 6:10:32 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: carlo3b

I saw the same thing at Betty's Pies, Two Harbors, Minnesota.


43 posted on 08/26/2006 6:13:40 AM PDT by PjhCPA
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To: carlo3b

Why chase them away? They are terrorists. Kill them.

Get a dog. Let it crap in your yard. Wait a few minutes and the crap will be covered with flies. Sneak up with a can of Raid and you've got 30 seriously sprayed flies. They will soon die. They won't land on the sprayed crap, so wait till your dog does another dump and repeat the process. I have taken out thousands this summer. It's great fun during breaks while painting the house.

Every one of the little sucker you kill is one less to breed and lay more fly eggs.

It's just like Iraq.





44 posted on 08/26/2006 6:21:04 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: carlo3b

We use water balloons. Flies are hard to hit, works better on the neighbors.


45 posted on 08/26/2006 6:21:34 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: carlo3b

Hmmmm. Large containers of standing water. So you can repel flies, but breed mosquitos.

Doesn't sound like much of a winner to me.


46 posted on 08/26/2006 6:21:40 AM PDT by ReignOfError
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To: arthurus

Does this work for ticks?


47 posted on 08/26/2006 6:26:09 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Will someone PLEASE put a sock in Bill Richardson's flappin' pie hole???)
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To: carlo3b

Here in Michigan we find the water bags work best in January after they have frozen solid. My back deck is loaded with them and I guarantee you wont find a single fly in the entire subdivision till at least April after the frozen bags melt.........I think the area of repelancy increases with the number of bags you have set out.


48 posted on 08/26/2006 6:30:53 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (The rest of this tag is written in invisible ink)
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To: Condor51
Hi! I'm Billy Mays for "Water Bags"!

Remember, this must be done in an extremely loud, almost screaming voice that causes your teeth to grind, or you lose the whole effect.
49 posted on 08/26/2006 6:32:29 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (What Darwin denied he now regrets)
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To: reagan_fanatic
HI I'M BILLY MAYS FOR WATER BAGS
50 posted on 08/26/2006 6:38:12 AM PDT by Hazcat
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