If You See Ziploc Bags Full Of Pennies In Your Neighbors' Yards, Here's Why They're Up There

Not much can ruin a summer BBQ. If there’s one thing that certainly accomplishes that, though, it’s flies. Pesky flies run rampant in the summer heat, flying around your burgers and hot dogs and landing on your BBQ ribs. 

No need to worry, however. An Instructables contributor detailed a great, homemade way to keep flies out of your backyard BBQs for good.

“You can buy expensive bug zappers but why when you could take the safe and humane approach? Just by taking five minutes, you will have a fly free BBQ,” the user wrote. 

All that’s needed for this great trick is a plastic sandwich bag, lime juice, salt and some pennies.

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The first step is to put two and a half cups of water in a bowl and add the salt and lime juice.

“Add two or three squirts of lime juice,” the user wrote. “There is no exact amount, it just keeps the pennies shiny. Stir this mixture to blend it all together. It will just look like regular water but by adding these ingredients its effects will last longer.”

After mixing the salt and lime juice with the water, pour the mixture in a sandwich bag until it’s nearly full. Before zipping the bag shut, drop the pennies inside. Then hang the bag in the backyard using a paper clip that is bent on the end and hooked into the bag. 

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Though it’s not known what exactly about the bag keeps flies away, it has been proven to work. Try it out and enjoy your BBQs like never before.

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Source: Instructables / Photo credit: NX2

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