Are you concerned about the moth-like insects that are buzzing about your drains? Continue reading to find out what attracts these pests and how to get rid of drain flies.

Home drains are an excellent location for building stagnant water or germs, mainly if the sink or drain is left unattended. You may have drain flies if you've suddenly observed an excess of microscopic, moth-like critters lingering about your sinks, showers, or tubs. These common pests may reproduce in as little as 48 hours, making it simple to develop an infestation in a short period.

Unlike other insect infestations, figuring out how to get rid of drain flies may be quick and easy. With a bit of foresight, you can halt them in their tracks with everyday household objects or pantry items and devise a plan to prevent them in the future. In this article, we'll address all of your concerns regarding how to get rid of drain flies and who to call if you need the assistance of a professional pest control company.

Where Do Drain Flies Come From?

Drain flies are a type of fly attracted to any form of standing water. They're often found hanging around water sources, whether in a tiny puddle from a roof leak, a pool of water from a clogged sink or tub, or anywhere the water has been standing for a while.

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Although the larvae can eat organic matter and may live for a short time in a highly-moist environment, they lack the mouthparts to feed actively. Instead, they're actually eating whatever would have been in the organic matter they're currently inhabiting.

The larvae are often found in drains, clogging pipes and sticking to the sides of the pipes. They're typically a dark, reddish-brown color and are similar in size to a grain of rice.

Do Drain Flies Pose a Health Hazard?

In short, drain flies are not dangerous to people. Though drain flies consume and thrive in sewage and germs, they are not disease-carrying insects; yet, they can transport bacteria in large numbers. Overall, they are not harmful to your health, even if they are a significant annoyance in your house. As previously said, drain flies may multiply fast, forming nests in your pipes that can be costly to remove if left unchecked.

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

Remove Standing Water

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The easiest way to get rid of flies is to reduce the likelihood of them being in your home. Remove any standing water sources to prevent the drain flies from growing in number. If there are standing water sources such as a dirty dog dish or a leak in your roof, be sure to clean up the water and dry the area thoroughly.

Clean Clogged Drains

You may be able to get rid of drain flies by taking care of a clogged drain. Clear any clogs, drips, or standing water to reduce the likelihood of these pests entering your home or nesting in a drain.

Set Traps

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One of the most common solutions to help get rid of drain flies is to use traps. Some experts recommend using wine, beer, or apple cider vinegar, but the most commonly used trap is a mixture of water, dishwashing detergent, and a dead fly.

The smell of the dead fly attracts the live drain flies, and they fly down the pipe to reach the dead fly. In the process of reaching the dead fly, they drown in the trap.

Call a Professional

If you have tried unsuccessfully to remove drain flies or if they have become very plentiful in your home, call a professional. A pest control professional can help you find the source of your drain fly infestation and treat the source of the problem.

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Drain flies are relatively easy to get rid of, but they can multiply quickly if they are not dealt with immediately. Remove standing water, clean clogged drains, and set traps to prevent or kill drain flies. Calling a professional pest control company to help you get rid of a large infestation can be a worthwhile investment in your health and peace of mind.

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More of a visual learner? Check out this video on getting rid of drain flies. 


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