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Drain Care Tips to Keep Out Drain Flies

Keep Your Drain Clean
Keep Your Drain Clean

Drain flies are small, dark, fuzzy flies that breed in the stagnant organic slime that collects inside drains. A common pest in sewer treatment plants, drain flies can also be a problem around bathroom showers, household sinks and basement floor drains into which washing machines discharge.

Drain flies have a short lifespan, about a month, but they multiply quickly and can become a serious problem in a very short time. Drain flies are not just a nuisance, they are a health hazard. Millions of disease-causing bacteria live in and on these flies, including salmonella, staphylococcus, dysentery and collibacilli. Getting rid of drain flies requires elimination of possible breeding sites.

Drain Care Tips

To keep your drains free of drain flies, follow these tips:

  • Keep drain pipes in good repair and remove clogs promptly.
  • Clean drain pipes regularly, scrubbing to remove the slime that serves as the flies’ breeding ground. A stiff-bristled toilet brush and elbow grease may do the job if you clean your drains regularly; but you may need a metal plumbing brush to cut through the gunk if your drain is dirty.
  • If necessary, remove the trap and use a plumbing snake to eliminate collected debris.
  • Use a drain cleaner formulated to remove organic matter periodically to keep organic matter from building up. Apply cleaner around the edges of the drain so it coats the sides of the pipe as it flows down.

Make sure you have drain flies and not another pest before taking more aggressive action. Call Allison Pest Control for a free pest inspection today. Professional help from an experienced exterminator may be needed to exterminate a serious drain fly infestation.

Five Interesting Facts About Flying Ants

Flying Ants?
Flying Ants?

When colonies grow too large and need to expand, a number of ant species produce winged reproductives called swarmers. The species Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey home and business owners need to worry about is carpenter ants. These large, black ants tunnel into wood, chewing out large galleries where they live and raise their young. Because these wood-destroying pests do their damage out of sight, inside wood boards and beams, their presence often goes undetected for some time.

Carpenter ants can do significant damage to your home or business before their presence is discovered. If you spy flying ants on your property, call a licensed Monmouth County ant exterminator immediately. Accurate identification and prompt extermination can minimize expensive structural damage to your home or business.

5 Facts About Flying Ants

1. Not all flying ants are carpenter ants and they might not even be ants. Wood-eating termites also produce winged reproductives that, to the untrained eye, look very much like flying carpenter ants.

2. Swarmers are not good flyers. At the mercy of the wind, they frequently land near their home colony. It is not unusual for multiple colonies of carpenter ants (or termites) to be located on the same property.

3. Only females survive the reproductive flight.

4. Swarmers only keep their wings for a short time. When they land, females bite off their wings and burrow into the ground to begin a new colony.

5. Swarmers are a definite sign of a serious pest problem. If you find flying ants on your property, call the ant exterminators at Allison Pest Control immediately.