No Bees but plenty od flies!

gary 803gary 803 Posts: 39
Since we chop all the over hanging tress down and planting new plants I have seen nothing but flies all over the place. Anyway of getting rid of them?
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,241
    I don’t quite understand what your asking, you’ve showed some nice plants then asked about getting rid of flies, what flies? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Plot75Plot75 SurreyPosts: 54
    edited 10 June
    gary 803 said:
    Since we chop all the over hanging tress down and planting new plants I have seen nothing but flies all over the place. Anyway of getting rid of them?
    Hi Gary, may I suggest, to be a bit more helpful, planting some Lavender, some small pots of Basil around and perhaps anything citrus scented? Flies don't like these scents. Hope this helps. 
    Mix 2tbsp of white,granulated sugar with 1tbsp of water and place on a spoon for a Bee to reach. Sometimes they're too exhausted to reach back to the hives when it's hot and dry. 
  • Plot75Plot75 SurreyPosts: 54
    Lyn said:
    I don’t quite understand what your asking, you’ve showed some nice plants then asked about getting rid of flies, what flies? 
    Ha Lyn you are funny 😂 can't you see them on the leaves?
    Mix 2tbsp of white,granulated sugar with 1tbsp of water and place on a spoon for a Bee to reach. Sometimes they're too exhausted to reach back to the hives when it's hot and dry. 
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 136
    ah flies, nother part of nature. The clouds in the sky are annoying me, any way of getting rid of them?

    Fraid that bee hotel won't do much to attract bees. More flowering plants would.

    As to there being an abundance of flies after felling their home is quite normal. By next year they should have dispersed. They are attracted to rotting tree leaves and manure.

    If you can eliminate anything rotting/smelly in your garden the flies will dissapear (unlike the clouds in the sky)
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,068
    @gary 803, do you mean flying around type flies, or aphids on your plants? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,468
    You’ve changed a shady spot into a suntrap
    and the flies enjoy sunbathing ... 🙄 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • OmoriOmori Posts: 60
    Any chance of ditching the pots and planting straight into the ground there?  I'm not sure what's under the gravel but if it is presumably soil, you could scrape away the gravel and work the soil over with some nice compost etc.  Your plants would be much happier and in time you will find a balance between nature's little creatures.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,241
    Lyn said:
    I don’t quite understand what your asking, you’ve showed some nice plants then asked about getting rid of flies, what flies? 
    Ha Lyn you are funny 😂 can't you see them on the leaves?
    I can see 2 house flies on a leaf is that what you mean, a nice meal for a blue tit. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Get some carnivorous plants. Sarracenias trap huge numbers of flies.
  • gary 803gary 803 Posts: 39
    Thanks for all your help yes got some lavender must have a look for some more or similar, our clouds have gone here btw! Maybe get a bigger fly trap!


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