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How to Get Rid of Flies on Flowering Bushes

Flies on plants and bushes are more of a nuisance than a problem. According to the North Dakota State University Extension Service, flies typically do not pose any problem to plants; they are more likely a problem for you. They hover over blooms and therefore can ruin the beauty of the bush. They can also ruin a cookout, outdoor meal or picnic. If flies are infesting your flowering bushes, fortunately, there are a few measures you can take to get rid of them.

Spray flies with an insecticide labeled to kill flies. Avoid spraying directly on the blooms, and always follow the directions on the label.

Set up fly traps around your flowering bushes. Try sticky fly strips, which can be hung on hooks, or fly traps, which the flies can easily get into, but not out of.

Install a bug zapper near your bushes if they are near your home, where you have access to an electrical outlet.

Rid Of Flies On Flowering Bushes

Flies are annoying little insects that love to spend time in bacteria-laden areas, such as garbage dumps and rotting piles, so the last place you want to find them is on your beautiful flower bushes. Using a combination of nontoxic methods, you can combat the fly population near your plants and keep these creatures from coming back. Make sure that fly lures are far away from your flowers by moving garbage cans farther away and making sure that pet dishes are not too close to your plants. This tactic is known to disorient flies and give off the illusion of spiderwebs. For example, lavender, basil, peppermint, eucalyptus and the flowering elder bush all emit a minty aroma that is nauseating to these insects. Keep Venus' flytraps botanical near your bushes.

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