Drain flies get their name from their preference to breed in drains and pipes. They are dark grey in color with short, hairy bodies (⅕ to ⅙ of an inch in length) and horizontal wings. Drain flies are poor fliers and can only fly a few feet. These flies lay their eggs in the organic matter and waste accumulated inside drains. Adults and larvae also feed on organic matter and sewage.
Why Do I Have Them?
Drain flies are commonly found in clogged drains and garbage disposals. These flies gather and breed in standing water. The organic matter and residue that forms in pipes is a popular breeding area for drain flies. Poor cleaning and maintenance of these areas will attract these pests into your home. Drain flies are likely to be found in bathrooms and kitchens.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Drain flies are filthy pests that breed and feed in unsanitary areas, such as sewers. They do not bite, but they can become a nuisance as their population grows. Drain flies can plug pipes and spread bacteria from the filth they live in, thus contaminating food and food preparation surfaces. A female can lay up to 300 eggs within a week. If not controlled immediately, a small problem can soon turn into a full-blown fly infestation.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Drain Flies?
Getting rid of drain flies can be a difficult task due to their nesting habits and fast reproduction rate. Regular cleaning of sinks, bathtubs, and drains will help prevent fly infestations. If flies have already invaded your home, the most effective way to get rid of an infestation is to contact a pest control professional. At Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control, we offer effective pest services to eliminate your fly problem.