Montauk Daisies-flies - Knowledgebase Question

Dearborn, Mi
Question by tpmarquard
August 26, 2010
I recently planted Montauk daisies on my patio. They're beautiful except covered with flies. Why, and is there a product I can spray on them to repel flies without damaging the flowers?


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Answer from NGA
August 26, 2010

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Some plants, because of their fragrance or the nectar they produce, attract all kinds of flying insects. In your case, it's flies. They may be attracted because of nectar produced by the flowers or they may be hanging around because there are insects such as aphids feeding on your plant and excreting a sugary, sticky material called honeydew. There's not much you can do to discourage the flies other than to try to rinse your plant off with plain water. This should help control any insects actually feeding on the stems of your plant and should rinse away any of the nectar or honeydew than might be attracting the flies. Hope this works for you!

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