When it comes to household pests, you’re always on the alert for rats, termites and cockroaches. But here’s something that might not be on your radar: drain flies. Ever been around a sink or a shower or bath or even a kitchen and noticed a teeny-tiny little moth-like fly (or 50) buzzing around? These annoying drain flies typically set up shop in your bathroom or kitchen pipes – particularly if there’s a lot of organic matter in there to feast upon. But the real question is simple: how to get rid of drain flies quickly and effectively?
Drain flies Gold Coast – How to spot them
What’s that tiny thing buzzing around in your bathroom? If it:
- Looks like a tiny moth
- Has 6 legs
- Has a set of fuzzy wings
- And a set of antenna
Then it’s extremely likely that you’ve run into one of the drain flies Australia is growing to hate. Often called sink flies or sewer gnats the scientific name is Psychodidae.
Getting rid of drain flies
First things first: don’t panic. Although they munch on the gross stuff that lurks in your drains, these little critters aren’t going to kill you, and they aren’t going to endanger the structure of your home either. At the very worst, they have been known to trigger asthma symptoms within sufferers if inhaled.
If you’ve discovered your drain fly infestation in a bathroom that is not used very often, here’s some good news: that’s why they’re breeding there! Even if your unused bathroom appears clean, without using or thoroughly cleaning it regularly, you’re laying the groundwork for a stagnant accumulation of the slimy stuff that drain flies find so tasty. And if you can visibly see mould in your bathroom, it’s definitely time to get out the rubber gloves.
Drain fly remedy #1: Trapping drain flies
Regularly cleaning or flushing your drains is great drain fly prevention. But that solution is not going to help you with getting rid of drain flies that have already made their way into your house.
For that, try this easy DIY recipe. Add equal parts of water, sugar and vinegar to a bowl, and now add the secret ingredient: dish soap. The drain flies won’t be able to resist it – and the consequences for them will be dire.
Drain fly remedy #2: Boiling water.
But wait! Shouldn’t we be trying to stop the drain flies at the very source? It’s all good and well to know how to kill drain flies once they’ve crawled out of the drain, but what about the ones that are still down there?
For that, the solution really couldn’t be easier. As the main problem is usually stagnant drains and pipes that are not often used, the best way is to boil a kettle or two of water and just pour it down the sink/drain. Not only is this a great way to kill the drain flies, it will also help to clear your drains of the gunk that they love to eat.
Drain fly remedy #3: Go the extra mile.
Are you already feeling more relaxed about drain flies? It sounds like you’re ready to go one step further in order to really get on top of your drain fly infestation.
- Remove any fruit from the area
- Empty, clean and dry your bins
- Cover your drains with a plug when unused.
For protecting floor drains there’s a great product we install regularly here on the Gold Coast. Drain Mate is an Australian made product that’s easily installed in your existing floor drains which will reduce noise and trap odours (no more smelly drains) as well as preventing drain flies.
While these 3 remedies should help to eradicate those annoying, small flies in shower and bathroom areas, one unfortunate fact does remain: you might have an underlying issue with your drains or pipes that means the critters keep coming back. Luckily, Gold Coast Plumbing Company has all the know-how, experience, equipment and skills to keep your drains, pipes, kitchens and bathrooms running smoothly all year round – so give us a call today!