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Does Mint Attract Flies (not gnats)

Posted by amyjean 5b Central NY (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 30, 09 at 11:42

I have mint growing near my front door (peppermint and spearmint) and it currently is in flower -has been for at least a couple of weeks. For the last couple of weeks or so the area has been THICK WITH BLACK FLIES. These seem to be "regular old, garden variety black flies", not gnats or something else. I've seen a couple references to this on the internet, but haven't ever seen a satisfactory answer to whether mint attracts flies, although I've seen many references to the fact that mint REPELS FLIES.

However, I can't think of anything else it could be. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you,


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RE: Does Mint Attract Flies (not gnats)

Since the plants are next to your door, did anything get spilled on the plant? Maybe a sweetened drink or something?


RE: Does Mint Attract Flies (not gnats)

yes yes yes yes, i planted mint a couple years ago to be a natural repellant. the flies were so thick and disgusting on them it was like special effect. the kids would throw mulch chips at the plants to see the black cloud of flies that came off (but went right back on)

RE: Does Mint Attract Flies (not gnats)

Oh man does it ever. I have peppermint, spearmint and even some catnip in a very big pot. Have had it for years. I had to move the pot away from my porch because, when in bloom, the blooms are simply covered in flies.
Only good part is if they are all crowded together on the blooming spikes they stay away from my door? Mint may repel many things, but flues are not one of them.

RE: Does Mint Attract Flies (not gnats)

House flies are absolutely attracted to mint in my garden. No question about it.

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