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Q.flying black bugs eating all of the leaves on my fruit trees

Zone 25442 | johndockman added on September 4, 2018 | Answered

Hi, the leaves on my apple, pear and cherry trees are being consumed by flying black insects. I’m trying to identify what type of bugs these are so that I can determine how to treat the trees to get rid of them. The trees are still pretty small… 3 years old, 5-6 ft. I appreciate any advice you can give to help me save these trees. Thanks! – John

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Answered on September 4, 2018

WOW!!! Those are hornets, and will likely send you to the hospital. They do not eat plants, and are feasting on whatever is eating those trees. I would recommend having a professional removing those, since they are known for killing people in swarms such as this. They will also help you to get rid of what is killing your trees, but this should be priority. This is a very dangerous situation.

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