Suddenly noticing swarms of tiny flies cropping up near your bathroom or kitchen sink drain? You’re not alone. These tiny little pests are aptly named drain flies, and they create more problems than you can imagine.
What Are They?
Drain flies actually have several names. They come from the family Psychodidae, but you may also hear them called moth flies or sewer gnats. They’re commonly mistaken for fruit flies, but they’re quite different. They’re usually just 5 millimeters in length, and they have a light grey or tan body. Their wings are fairly lightly colored. They’re covered in long hairs, and when at rest, they fold their wings over their body. They are active at night and they don’t bite. Instead, they eat organic matter and sewage. They lay their eggs in the organic matter that builds up in drains, and the eggs hatch after just two days, then live in the organic matter for up to fifteen days before emerging from your drain.
Your Next Step
If you’ve noticed a problem with drain flies in or outside of your home, the best step is to first identify where they’re coming from. Use a plumbing snake to get rid of anything that might be clogging the pipes, then choose a drain cleaner, and follow the directions carefully. Remember that you may have to repeat the procedure to get rid of everything in your drain. Finally, be sure you run lots of water down the drain to flush out the cleaner. You should also repeat the procedure on a regular basis.
If this doesn’t do the trick or you’re not sure what you’re dealing with, contact a pest control professional for help. Eliminating problem pests like this is no problem for us, and we’ll be happy to take a look, deal with the problem, and even make recommendations for the future should you have any other issues crop up.