Seeing flies coming from your kitchen sink is not a pretty sight. It may leave your family feeling a bit sick.
You’re not the first person to experience this and the drain and sewer experts at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning know that it’s something you’ll want to get rid of right away.
Drain flies do not come from your drain but rather live in your drain, so you’ll need to treat what is attracting the drain flies as opposed to simply getting rid of the drain flies, to prevent them from coming back anytime soon.
Drain flies are winged gnats. They appear moth-like and dark and are sometimes referred to as moth flies, filter flies or sewer flies. Covered in many hairs, they leave a white, powdery mark when crushed.
Drain flies thrive in the decomposing matter such as sewage. They pose no immediate danger to inhabitants but carry bacteria and possibly other microorganisms that have negative health effects on your family.
Laying their eggs in organic matter, manure or raw sewage, they’re bound to transfer this from location to location. They are fast-breeding and will do exactly that if not dealt with.
Drain flies are usually attracted by stagnant water or temporarily dormant drain pipes. When your pipes are not receiving regular water flow, drain flies will make themselves at home. If you notice these flies upon returning home from vacation, continuing regular activities will generally get rid of them because your pipes are being used regularly again. If you haven’t been away and these flies are present, you may have a plumbing problem.
Drain flies are known to be confused with other flies such as fruit flies, horrid flies, and fungus gnats. This is important because it will determine how you deal with the infestation.
Drain flies will breed in various areas within and around your home. You will need to identify their breeding ground from the outset in order to properly remove them from your home:
After identifying that the flies are in fact drain flies, there are a few steps you can take before calling in a professional:
In order to prevent your home from being affected by drain flies in the future, make sure you do regular cleaning in areas where drain flies are known to breed. Their larva needs moisture in order to grow. Larvae are small and very hard to see.
If you suspect that there is a vulnerable area in your home that you are not able to get to, get in contact with a drain cleaning professional like Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning , our services include all things drain related and we are able to eradicate any possible infestations before they affect your home.