For most kids, summer might as well be the only season.
But as you get older and stop getting automatic summer vacations you start to see the merit of other parts of the year.
After all, summer has plenty of upsides, like beach days, barbecues, and watermelon, but quite a few downsides, too. In between fun stuff, its hard to avoid getting baked in the sun and eaten alive by mosquitoes.
If you ask us, one of the ickiest side effects of sticky summer heat is ending up with an unwelcome visitor in your house. Insects of all kinds resurface when the weather gets warm, but there are few bugs more annoying than the house flies and fruit flies that inevitably swarm kitchens and garbage cans.
Fortunately, via Instructables, theres a super-simple DIY way to stop flies in their tracks, and keep them from ever setting up camp in your house and ruining all of your fresh summer produce.
In order to pull off this cheap and easy hack, all you need are a few plastic bags, some spare change, and a couple of simple seasonings!
Scroll through the gallery below to see exactly how to whip up this totally foolproof flycatcher!
The original poster on Instructables confessed he wasn’t sure exactly why the strategy worked, but one commenter on the tutorial had an interesting insight.
According to the commenter, it’s a matter of anatomy, saying: “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.”
In other words, ithas to do with how light refracts through the salted water, which creates an optical illusion that wouldn’t fool a human, but totally befuddles flies!
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