Drain flies, otherwise known as moth flies, are tiny flies that typically gather in or around bathrooms or kitchen areas. Adults grow to about 1/10th of an inch long. They are black, gray, or brownish in color. They have a fuzzy moth-like body with wings that have a dense layer of hair.
Monmouth County, NJ pest control experts report that drain flies are an annoying pest to have in your home or business. Despite the fact that they do not consume food products, these pests do carry a multitude of pathogens on their bodies. They are poor flyers, yet are difficult to catch as they quickly hop from place to place. Drain flies lay their eggs in the sludge that exists within the plumbing pipes. This decaying matter is also what they feed upon.
If you have drain flies, you will see these pests hovering on walls, floors, and plumbing fixtures, never venturing too far from their food source. The life span of an adult drain fly is approximately one to three weeks. Drain fly eggs take less than 48 hours to hatch so it is easy to see how these pests can quickly get out of hand.
Homeowners often have a drain fly infestation when they have plumbing issues within their home. Commercial establishments, especially restaurants, can easily become infested when drainage systems become clogged with food or grease products. Stagnant water and the gelatinous organic slime within the pipelines are the perfect nesting place for these pests to multiply. Flushing the drains with boiling water, bleach, or vinegar helps to eliminate adult drain flies, but unfortunately the eggs will survive the attack.
If you have drain flies driving you nuts in your home or business, contact Allison Pest Control for expert pest control services.