Measuring only 2 to 5 millimeters (about an eighth of an inch), drainage flies are annoying insects that tend to congregate around standing water. Also known as moth flies, sewer flies and filter flies, they are gray or taupe, with small rounded wings. Contrary to what its name suggests, they don't really "fly" very well, but they travel with small jumps and jumps from surface to surface. Drainage flies can live up to three weeks and new eggs can hatch every 48 hours, so, as with all possible insect problems, you must act fast.
What causes fly drainage?
Drainage flies thrive in stagnant and shallow water, especially near food sources or bacteria, such as sinks and showers. They often favor areas that have been left intact for a period of time, or are generally not used frequently. (Many people see them in a basement or under-used workshop sink, or after returning from a meaningful vacation or time away from home). They thrive on moisture and organic waste (remarkably different from fruit flies, which thrive on fruits and vegetables) and may even appear in a relatively clean area.
How do you know if you have drain flies?
If you see one or two, try this test overnight: place pieces of masking tape (with the adhesive side down) over the drain in question. While they try to escape, they will be trapped in the tape and you will have a good indication of how many flies you are dealing with.
Are drainage flies harmful?
Do not! They do not bite humans or transmit human diseases, but they are a sign that your kitchen could use a deep cleaning, especially if you want to prevent more insects from joining the party.
How to get rid of drain flies?
With regular cleaning and careful attention, most drain fly problems can be solved in a week. Start with the basics: clean the sink with your usual cleaning solution and use a tube brush to rub around and into the drain. The simplest solution could be as easy as boiling water: boil a medium pot once or twice a week and pour it down the drain. Another option is baking soda: combine 1/2 cup of salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, and pour down the drain. Leave overnight and pour boiling water in the morning.
If you need a stronger alternative, use a drain cleaner such as Drano or Bio-Clean to clean the drain and pipes. These are not necessarily insecticides, but these chemical unblocking solutions can help eliminate any material or residue that may be creating the breeding ground for flies. Keeping the drain as clean as possible will prevent the reproduction and hatching of new eggs. If you still see adult flies, create an apple cider vinegar trap with a small plate covered with a plastic wrap. Make holes in the plastic wrap to attract flies, but prevent them from escaping.
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