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Have you noticed flies in your bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, commercial facility, or restaurant? These flies have short, hairy bodies and wings, giving them a “furry” appearance. These are drain flies, and you’ll likely experience the issue year-round unless adequately treated. Drain flies (also known as sewer gnats or sink flies) are commonly found in places like the kitchen and bathroom. There are more than 4,000 known species of drain flies worldwide, and once they begin to inhabit plumbing or sewage systems, they can be challenging to get rid of.
With regular use, drains begin to build up organic matter inside the pipes where flies lay their eggs. If the drains are rarely or never used, the same can happen on top of any stagnant water. Contrary to popular belief, pouring bleach down the drain will NOT fix the problem!
Drain flies are typically nocturnal, but can oftentimes be found near sources of light. This means that while they’re most active in the night, you may also see them near lights, windows, or bright colors in daylight. These flies are commonly found in moist areas and can be found near sewage drains, decaying logs, floor drains, compost piles, and then some. While they do feed on organic matter and sewage, they do not transmit human diseases like the house fly.
Drain flies appear due to a lack of sanitation. Typically these flies can be taken care of without the use of a pesticide, but with proper cleaning instead. To fix the issue, routine cleanings will need to be done to break the breeding cycle. Restaurants and commercial kitchens have tons of organic matter build up and need their drains cleaned monthly to stop their fly problem. Homes typically do not experience the amount of buildup found in restaurants, but the drains should still be flushed weekly needed to help reduce the flies from breeding.
We offer fly treatment as well as monthly cleaning to customers in need. If you are suffering from a drain fly issue, do not hesitate to give us a call today!