How to Keep Pesky Flies Away From Your BBQ

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Intro: How to Keep Pesky Flies Away From Your BBQ

Its summer and the perfect BBQ weather. Who doesn't like BBQ pork ribs or some grilled steak?? Nevertheless, one thing everybody hates are those stupid flies that fly around your face and land on your food. You can buy expensive bug zappers but why when you could take the safe and humane approach?? Just by taking 5 minutes, you will have a fly free BBQ.

Step 1: What You Will Need

What you will need:
A clear plastic sandwich bag (you can get these at wal-mart or any other grocery store).
2 1/2 cups of water.
A bottle of lime juice.
2 teaspoons of salt.
Two or three paper clips
And some shiny pennies.

You will also need a bowl and a spoon which is are not in the picture.

You should have these things around your house. Therefore, they should not be that hard to come by.

Step 2: Add the Water

First off add 2 1/2 cups of water to a bowl.
Next add two teaspoons of salt. (table salt will work fine)
Mix it with the spoon to get the salt off the bottom of the bowl.

Step 3: Add the Lime Juice

Now add two or three squirts of lime juice. There is no exact amount it just keeps the pennies shiny. Stir this mixture to blend it all together. I will just look like regular water but by adding these ingredients its affects will last longer.

Step 4: Add the Mixture to the Bag

Now pour the water in to the sandwich bag. Fill it until its 3/4 full.
Then drop the pennies in to the mixture. Seal the bag and this is what you should have.

Step 5: Add the Papper Clip

In this step, we will add the paper clip onto the bag. The paper clip will hold the bag up where ever you put it.
First off bend, the paper clip like so. It will make it simpler to add to the bag.
Now slide the paper clip through the top of the bag. Make sure it's above where the bag seals.
Feed it through the rest of the way so the top of the bag is in the middle of the paper clip. If you don't understand look at the third picture.
Finally push the part of the paper clip that was out in so that it will have a stronger connection.
Good job you are almost done.

Step 6: Installing Your Apparatus

You are done. Now just hang this above your BBQ and enjoy. I am not sure how it works but it has been keeping my families BBQ's fly free for three years now.
Thanks for reading.
Killer~SafeCracker.

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    lvardalzinvthibault

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I saw that episode, and to me it looked like they didn't give the files anywhere else to go, and they also used more rotting meat than the average person could accumulate in a month. I think the attraction of that overwhelming amount of food overrode whatever effect the bags had on the flies.

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    OkayD1lvardalzin

    Reply 2 years ago

    their experiment was not done right, yes. But it should also be noted that this has been debunked by others over and over. Its a myth, it doesn't do anything. And any explanation why it should work, is just scientific nonsense.

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    georionvthibault

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    mythbusters aside---the bag is FULL--i first heard of this with bag HALF FULL--i think if anyone is interested they should try several diff amts of water to give it a FAIR tesr.

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    LatunaHBelfast-Jimmy

    Reply 2 years ago

    Belfast-Jimmy,

    This REALLY does work. I've tried it at my home and for the past couple of months now Inot one fly has tried to come near my door. This is not to say that they aren't in the area because the REALLY are. They just won't come near my front door.

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    OkayD1LatunaH

    Reply 2 years ago

    No it does not work. It has been debunked over an over.

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    MrAviator

    2 years ago

    Here's the reason behind the effectiveness of homemade repellents. Flies have visual receptors called ommatidia. Unlike humans, they don't have pupils that controls the amount of light that enters their eyes. Our pupils do, their ommatidium do not. Therefore, the reflective light or flickering light "scares" them because they can't focus. Another homemade repellent is the use of an old CD. Just hang one nearby and allow our wonderful sun do its magic! The spinning CD that reflects the sunlight is a knockout for those pesky flies!!! Trust me...it works.

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    DonnaA60MrAviator

    Reply 2 years ago

    Interesting! Thanks for the info. If this is true well do u think holographic ribbon would work. I bought it as a deterent for birds going for my fruit trees? I also have horses, some we can't spray with fly spray. Gonna try hanging some where they frequently stand plus by feed troughs.

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    LaurieS58DonnaA60

    Reply 2 years ago

    Holographic ribbon worked for flies? If i take it down after grilling, then the birds will still come around? I like the birds, not the flies.?

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    bhernandez10MrAviator

    Reply 2 years ago

    does this bother birds? as some of the glass bulbs stop any bird from flocking or coming to the feeding boxes...

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    AprilH47MrAviator

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for explaining that. I never doubted the effectiveness of it, but when the person said, "flies have so many eyes they see a wall of water" I said, "that's ridiculous", so thank you, lol

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    KellyW91MrAviator

    Reply 2 years ago

    thank you ill use the cd's they will be pretty.

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    MaryJaneM2

    2 years ago

    No pennies here in Canada anymore. How about dimes?

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    gwenymb

    2 years ago

    Can you use lemon juice instead of lime?

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    SuzanneC43

    2 years ago

    Dont have pennies can i use copper 10cent coins

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    CharleneB35

    2 years ago

    I've also heard that setting some small basil plants around on tables, deck rails, etc... will keep flies away. I haven't tried it yet, but it might work.

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    AlannaS1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I caught many using a small pickle jar, in which I put 1 inch of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish-washing liquid. But this one works for me better http://bit.ly/1Gy10TX

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    NiefeistaL

    3 years ago

    Does work if you lay the bag on the table? There isn't anything to hang the bag from near my grill.

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    MonicaLM

    3 years ago

    I got this idea from my neighbor. Just about 10 pennies or so, 2/3 water, zip lock baggie, few tacks. Tacked it above my Apt door (outside), it works here in Nor Cal.