Kitchen Fly Control Buddhist-style?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 28, 2012
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And here’s a similar article on how to deal with mice, Buddhist-style.

Via a sangha (Buddhist community) friend:

“A friend sent the message below to me. Perhaps our retreat centers (and anyone who has a problem with flies in the kitchen) might like to try this method of fly-control to see whether it works, if not already employing a successful, non-lethal method. It could be a total hoax, or it might be a useful tip. If anyone tries it and has success, please let me know. Thanks.

In the Brilliant warmth of The Great Eastern Sun,



ZIP LOCK BAG – Good tip!

We went with friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast and sat in the patio section beside the house.   We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall.  The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut.  Naturally we were curious!  Ms. Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away!  So naturally we were even more curious!  We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again.  And there were no flies in the eating area!  This morning I checked this out on Google.  Below are comments on this fly control idea.  I’m now a believer!

Zip-lock water bags

Ann Says:
I tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend.. I have a horse trailer.  The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

Danielle Martin Says:

Fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

Maggie Says:

I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement.  We saw these in  Northeast Mo.  at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won’t come around.

DJ Says:

Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water?

My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action.

I moved to a rural area and thought the locals were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Kitchen Fly Control Buddhist-style?”

  1. Brock says:

    This occurs because the flys feel the vibration of their wings resonating off the water and instinct tells them turn around or drown…Is a theory I heard about this….and yes It worked for me too 🙂

  2. Marco says:

    Awesome, I will definitely try this out. Thanks for the advice.

  3. SwamiMike says:

    I am a bit skeptical, but my desire to not kill things outweighs my skepticism. It's worth a try.

  4. Cory says:

    I've lived in punk houses where we had these bags on the wall…and 1000s of flies who didn't give a damn swarming all over them.