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Are drain flies harmful? Not really. But drain flies can be a serious nuisance, as they reproduce fairly quickly. So, it’s better to prevent more drain flies and leave them no space to lay eggs.
They are generally found near stagnated water, where they have all the organic resources to spawn. It’s their breeding ground. And since they lay eggs every 48 hours, they can spread their nests quickly throughout the stagnant water and plumbing if left unchecked. Before you know it, you have drain fly infestations and a plumbing problem. And in such cases, it becomes quite costly to eliminate them.
When you spot insects such as drain flies in your home, it is essential to take action as quickly as possible and rid yourself of the drain fly issues. Here we’ve mentioned some of the most effective techniques that can help you get rid of them permanently. The best part is that many of these methods require easily available items in every household.
So, let’s get straight to it!
Depending on the infestation level, you can either use natural methods or chemicals to get rid of drain flies.
The easiest way to get rid of these pests is to flush the drain or pour boiling hot water with white vinegar on a regular basis, eliminating the standing water, organic material, sewer flies, and the drain fly larvae. Generally, this method discourages the moth flies from returning, but if they do, here are some other natural methods you can try for your drain fly problem.
Pour boiling water carefully down the drain pipes around which these sink flies are visible, one to two times a week. The water will wash down any organic material inside the piping that might attract these flies. It is another easy method that can provide great results after you kill drain flies, and prevent them from returning.
Vinegar, baking soda, and salt can easily be found at home, making this method very easy and cost-effective. Simply mix these three ingredients to create a cleaning solution and pour it down the drain at night. This method is more effective than boiling water since baking soda expands the vinegar allowing it to reach further.
Leave the solution in the drain overnight, and then flush it with boiling water the following day.
You need to add sugar and apple cider vinegar to a bowl of water for this method. Place the bowl close to the drain where you see drain flies or moth flies, and add a few drops of dish soap to the mixture. The solution will attract the filter flies to the mixture, and the soap will trap them in it. Once the flies are trapped, you can simply get rid of them by flushing the mixture down the toilet.
This is an easy DIY trap that only requires filling the bottom of a container, such as a mug, bowl, or jar, with a small apple cider vinegar. Then, place plastic wrap on top of the container and punch small holes. This will allow the flies to enter the container but prevent them from escaping, allowing you to get rid of them easily.
Regularly apply duct tape to seal your drain overnight so that the sewer flies coming out of the drain get stuck, and you can easily dispose of them. You can also use this before other removal methods to determine how severe the problem is.
You can use cleaning substances and chemicals to get rid of drain flies easily and effectively. Just make sure to read the instructions properly before using these chemicals, and avoid mixing them.
First, flush your drain with warm water and scrub across its surface using a metal pipe brush. Then, use cleaners such as Bio-Clean and Drano to remove the residue left behind. Before using such chemical products, check whether they can be applied more than once and whether they are suitable for drains for your pipes.
Another highly effective way to eliminate drain flies is to use common pest killing chemicals usually used for gnats and fruit flies. However, be careful while using such products as they may contain caustic chemicals and damage your drains. For the same reason, check whether you can use them in the kitchen or other indoor areas.
In some cases, a drain fly infestation can become too severe to be dealt with using these methods. If the above DIY methods prove ineffective, the only option is to get professional assistance.
Pest control services are not only familiar with problems such as drain flies but are also equipped with the right tools necessary to get rid of them. They use various treatment methods to get results faster than DIY methods and permanently solve the problem. Additionally, you can also contact your local plumber. They will be able to assist you with the best steps forward.
If you are on the Gold Coast, speak to our team today. At Gold Coast Plumbing Company, we have an exceptional track record of exceeding customer expectations. We are specialists in drain cleaning and blockage removal, and other emergency plumbing situation, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
While drain flies may not pose a severe threat to your health, they indicate that your kitchen or bathroom requires proper cleaning. The above methods will help you get rid of the flies quickly and easily, but you can also call for professional help if the problem persists.
That said, it’s a wrap for today!