Woman shares 'genius' coin hack to get rid of flies that has worked 'for years'

Side view of a back-lit house fly on a kitchen bench, casting a shadow.
Flies can be a real pest, especially in the summer months -Credit:Getty

House flies are a common nuisance as the summer months approach, with the pests often invading homes in search of food.

The pesky insects can be a real headache, especially when they swarm indoors during the warmer seasons, attracted by any accessible food or bins.

However, a Mrs Hinch enthusiast claims that you don't need to resort to harsh chemicals to tackle a fly problem. Instead, she suggests using coins and a plastic sandwich bag.

The tip was shared on a Facebook group dedicated to fans of the cleaning sensation, where a woman sought advice on dealing with flies due to her proximity to a cow farm.

She queried: "What's the best thing to get rid of flies? Live near a cow farm and they are starting already."

A helpful reply suggested an ingenious yet simple method: "Put a few pennies in a clear bag in water and hang it up - you need to change the water every now and then though. Flies and wasps think it's a wasps nest and stay away!"

One satisfied user reported success with this tactic: "I did this today, I hung it in the centre of the French doors into the conservatory. I've only seen one fly today, well worth a try! ".

Using sticky paper to trap insects in home.
There are ways to trap flies -Credit:Getty

Echoing the sentiment, another individual recommended: "Put some copper coins in a food bag with water and hang them on door frames. Works a treat, I have had no flies in my house for years!".

The reason this works is due to the fact that flies have compound vision, meaning they see things differently to humans. The flies see the bag of water multiple times at once, and with the pennies inside, it creates a rainbow prism that hurts their eyes.

Fly curtains are also an effective way to deter flies, especially for homes with pets that go in and out frequently. One commenter said: "Fly curtains brilliant I don't get them."

Another wrote: "Old fashioned but I did this today. Helped immediately. Plus my dog can still get in and out."

The most effective fly repellent is keeping your home free from waste. Walter Murphy, a pest control specialist at PriceYourJob.co.uk, said: "The best way to get rid of flies is by making sure your home is clean and free of any sugary substances, rotting meat or other waste. This will involve wiping down surfaces and emptying the bin as often as possible to prevent flies from lingering in your home."

"You can also use natural repellents, such as apple cider vinegar, to get rid of flies."

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