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Why do people have baggies of water on their door?

This thread reminded me of something I heard a while back and I actually found it on a legitimate site (, the portal for The San Francisco Chronicle).

Although the water bottles by the tires is strange enough, at least it has a plausible explanation. This thing, on the other hand...

Odd method persuades flies to fly away
Hanging water bag looks strange, but for some reason it repels pests

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Q: At a Mississippi drive-in, I questioned the waitress about the bag of water over the door, thinking it might be a prank. I am 51 and had never come across this so I thought she was kidding when she told me it repelled flies.

She was familiar with its use last summer and was convinced that it is a valid theory. I was motivated to look it up on the Internet. What can you tell me about it?

A: This is a result of a column I wrote a number of years ago and is worth repeating.

Fill a sandwich-size Ziploc bag about half full of water. Tape the top of the bag to the outside of your door. Replenish the water as needed.

It is not clear why these water bags repel flies, but they do. I have gotten a ton of mail from all over the world when this column originally ran and the mail ran 9 to 1 saying this method worked.

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