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We have two camellia bushes that harbor literally hundreds of large bluebottle flies,if i hit the bush the flies swarm all over the side of the house. Do you know why this is?

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HI Doris,  This should answer your question...

Blue Bottle Flies in the Home

Blue bottle flies resemble the housefly but are shiny blue in color. They are commonly found on windows and produce loud, buzzing sounds. Because blue bottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing organic matter, their appearance indoors indicates that decomposing matter is present inside and has become a breeding ground.

First, examine sewer pipes for breaks or fissures. If no breaks are found, garbage areas should be inspected. Flies may lay their eggs in trash scraps. Dead animal carcasses may also be the source of a sudden appearance of blue bottle flies. A forgotten mousetrap or a dead animal inside a wall or attic may lead to a blue bottle fly infestation.

Small numbers of blue bottle flies may enter homes in pursuit of light. Using fly strips is a, non-toxic method of capturing individual flies. Aerosol insecticide may also be of use. However, these methods only kill exposed flies and do not treat infestations. Contact your local pest control professional to discuss eradication options.


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Tropical plants in Florida, Bamboo, Vines, Fruit trees, Antique Roses, rare plants from around the world.

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