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.