It’s summertime. Kids are running in and out of the house, forgetting to close doors. And letting flies in. Have you ever laid in bed and had a fly buzzing nearby? Or worse yet, have a fly light on your face just as you are about to nod off? Pesky creatures!

How do you keep flies out of your house?   Well, I have a great solution that actually works. I have no idea HOW it works.  But it does.  Basically, you hang a little plastic bag of water and a penny above your doors, outside of your  house.  It’s that simple. While it’s not that attractive, it’s certainly better than this option.  Ewww.

Fly Away  StephanieBlue

I will admit, having little bags of suspended water above your doors does look slightly odd.  When I first did this, my husband and son thought I was punking them.  They expected the water to fall on their heads.  Visitors often ask about it.   If you are one for appearances, this might not be for you.  But, I’m telling ya….it works.   We used this technique last year and have had very few flies in our home.

I did a bit of research on this and it has actually been popular for years.   Flies have compound eyes with thousands of tiny lenses.   Their eyes are especially good at picking up movement.   One theory is that when a fly sees the reflection of the sun off of the water, they perceive it as movement and stay away.   I noticed that when we do get a rogue fly inside, it is often an overcast day.

Fly-Away How To:

1.  Fill a plastic sandwich bag about 1/3 full of away StephanieBlue

2.  Add a penny.

3. Seal, fold and tape the top to prevent any leaks.

4.  Place inside a 2nd plastic bag.

5.  Cinch and tie.

6.  Hang over doors on the exterior of your home.


For those of you who are fiber buffs, please ignore my yarn of choice.  Yes, I desecrated this super luxurious Malabrigo, hand-dyed wool.  It was handy and it didn’t take too much.  Sorry.

Here’s another natural way to keep flying insects out of the house. Honestly, it’s not that effective on flies but it does work on other flying pests.  We also keep a few fun little Venus fly traps in the house.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these actually eat a fly but, hey, they are pretty neat anyway.

What are your thoughts on this crazy little creation?  Is this something you would try? Or does it simply not work with your exterior decor?



This post has Amazon affiliate links.  This means that I might make enough money to purchase more yarn. Maybe enough for a pair of socks.  But definitely not enough for a sweater.