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Azalea Bushes and Flies

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From: Mary Duvall
City:
Silver Spring, MD
We seem to have a number of what appears to be house flies flying all around our azaleas in front of our home. What causes them and how can we get rid of them? It's getting really hard to get in our front door with them flying all around.

 
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From: Greg Stack
Extension Horticulturist
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gstack@illinois.edu
Hi,

Without seeing the insect in question it is hard to determine what they might be and what type of action needs to be taken. I might suggest takeing a sample of the insect to your local extension office and having themID it and offer a suggestion for control. I am not familiar with flies associated with azaleas.

 
From: Tricia B
City:
Baltimore, MD
We have this too - this is the second year. Big black/green flies in alarming swarms on the bushes. My husband says it is tied to the trimming of the bushes - he thinks last year's swarm showed up after pruning as well

 
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