What's Your Best Pest Control Tip?

Last night, I sat with my family as they cracked open blue crabs on a newspaper-covered picnic table. As things got messier and messier, the flies started coming. My cousin lamented having forgotten his electronic bug swatter, and our conversation turned to creative and effective pest control.As we talked, I had flashes of the Japanese beetle traps my mom used to hang by our pool (effective and gross) and the fluorescent-lit hanging bug zapper that one of my dad's friends kept at his lake house (effective and eerily noisy).

In the conversation I mentioned how my husband and I had taken care of a major fly problem in our backyard with multiple reusable traps. My cousin countered by saying he knows a restaurant that keeps a bag filled with water and a few pennies tacked to a wall as a fly deterrent. (One explanation for potential success with this latter method is that the flies' many eyes are hypersensitive to the light refracted by the bag.)

I had never heard of the bag method, and I realized there are probably many other tips I'm not clued in on. The links below contain compilations of tricks for banishing bugs, but what has worked best for you?

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