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TXTibbs

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Question for "ya'll"......

Down here I've noticed on more than one occassion at more than one place that people would put water in bags (like baggies) and hang them around. I noticed these and thought to myself...oh Lord, this northern boy is gonna have to ask. Well I did and they told me that it was some old wise tail that the water in baggies would keep flies away!!! I sorta threw the Bull **** flag, and left it at that....but there weren't any flies around really.....coincidence prolly!??! I'd never heard of that till I was around a few Texans?

Any comments or opinions on that??? Does anyone else do this or atleast heard of it??? Maybe its a common wise tail and i just grew up under a rock or something. Just curious to you guys' thoughts.
 

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I have seen it a time or two and the say it works, but I don't know it it really does or not thro. :???: I think it has something to do with the light.
 

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You know, bet that's why there are no zebras in TX either. :D
 

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Never heard of that. But here's a bit on it. It seems to me that the flies have sight that's not very sharp, and thinks that the bag of water is a spider web, hornet's nest, or wasp's nest.
http://www.magent.com/flypestcontrol.htm

I think a fly swatter works better, just cause, they actually GO, not just leave.
 

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No, no ,no, TXtibbs, didn't think you were knocking anything. You saw it first in TX, and assumed it was a Texas thing. As a matter of fact youjust asked. It is really more prominent though in S America. For real!
 

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Sierraman said:
No, no ,no, TXtibbs, didn't think you were knocking anything. You saw it first in TX, and assumed it was a Texas thing. As a matter of fact youjust asked. It is really more prominent though in S America. For real!

one question, though, gentlemen......DOES IT WORK??? darned flies get so thick around here when the wind dies down (which is pretty rare) and the temperature starts to climb!!!! :roll:
 

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Ranchwife, I 'll tell you this. A zipper baggy is what? 2 cents a peice. And water is super nominal if you've got a tap. Worth a try, don't you think?
 

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Sierraman said:
Ranchwife, I 'll tell you this. A zipper baggy is what? 2 cants a peice. And water is super nominal if you've got a tap. Worth a try, don't you think?

sure worth a try....when this rain dies down today i will have to give her a try and keep you posted!!!! Thanks for the suggestion :wink:
 

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I've seen it...been to a couple bbq's where they had baggies with water hangin around the patio....I guess it worked cuz I didnt notice any flys..but it just looked tacky....kinda the same affect as milk jugs full of water linin your front yard to keep stray dogs away.....(real tacky)...
but I spose if the flys got bad enuff I might give it a try....the baggy thang that is....NOT the milk jug thang.
 

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the_jersey_lilly_2000 said:
I've seen it...been to a couple bbq's where they had baggies with water hangin around the patio....I guess it worked cuz I didnt notice any flys..but it just looked tacky....kinda the same affect as milk jugs full of water linin your front yard to keep stray dogs away.....(real tacky)...
but I spose if the flys got bad enuff I might give it a try....the baggy thang that is....NOT the milk jug thang.

our corrals are just a hop-skip and jump from the house and the flies get pretty thick around here.....and if there is one thing i HATE is the dreaded fly-tape hanging from every ceiling in the house!! :shock: :shock: !!! so, i guess we will give the baggies of water a try and see......stay tuned for updates!! :wink:
 

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About the jugs. Here's a good reason it works. People will think you're crazy and keep there dogs out of your yard. Not my idea either.
 

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Our local restaurant put those (bags with water) up a while back. The health dept made them take 'em down because they were covered with...................................

"fly specks".
 

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I dont know if the dogs are skeered of the milk jugs with water in em , or they think it's as tacky as I do and avoid the area...but supposedly if you put a few milk jugs around with water the dogs won't come in your yard.
 

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We went bushwhacking a few weeks ago in the Adirondacks. For 5 hrs we had swarms of flies and mosquitos in our eyes, ears, you name it.
Lovely :?
Wonder if a water baggy on top of the head would have helped. Repellent didn't do diddly.
 

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Another ideas on the jugs. Maybe the dogs see water and don't wanna piddle near water cause they think they'll spoil the supply.
 

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