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How-To: Repel Flies With Only A Bag Of Water

Turns out you don't need expensive chemical sprays

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Photography: Lifehack and @casacombr via Instagram (Main Photo)

We've taught you how to get rid of cockroaches, mice and mosquitoes, but we seem to have forgotten a household pest that can be just as dangerous—houseflies. These flying creatures breed bacteria rapidly and can cause a ton of diseases. Thankfully, we found a clever trick that can help you get rid of them and you'd be surprised to know that all you need is a bag full of water.

Since flies have a number of lenses in each eye, they are sensitive to light patterns and movement as they tend to think anything that moves is a predator. The bag of water will reflect light as it swings from where it is hung which confuse the flies and cause them to stay away. Excited to try it? Here's a step-by-step guide you can follow: 



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  • A large Ziploc bag
  • 1 rubber band
  • String

  • Fill up the Ziploc bag to 2/3 with water and tie at the top with a rubber band to seal it. 
  • Tie a string firmly around the top—making sure it is tight and unable to slip off.
  • Hang the bag in areas where flies like to roam such as doors or open windows.

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Lifehack and @casacombr via Instagram (Main) | Lifehack (Complete Guide To Getting Rid Of Flies In The House) and lifehacker (Repel Flies with a Bag of Water)

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