How To Get Rid Of Drain Flies.
How to Get Rid of Drain Flies? In this article, we are discussing several ways to get rid of drain flies. Drain flies are small-sized flies, about 1/8th inch. They are generally black, but may be brown. The key to recognize them is the unique design of streaks in its wings. Drain Flies are also known as sewer flies, moth flies or filter flies. Their wings and bodies are enclosed with many hairs. If crushed they release a powdery mark. The flies are normally found around drains, but they should not be mixed with the Phorid fly, Fruit fly or Sphaerocierid fly which also spread over drains. If you see a gnat type insect flying or small fly around in the kitchen, do not believe it is coming from the drains. Check all viable breeding sources to help out categorize the fly. Before we move to how to get rid of drain flies, it is essential to find out the drain fly infested areas. This is a very easy way to identify the drain fly infested areas. Here, you have to find out the drain adults fly easily with your eye.
The adults can be seen sleeping on the ceilings and walls of the infested areas. These flies are not very good at flying so you can find their breeding area near to the infested area. So, when you encounter some adult drain flies, find a nearby drain or a pipe. The pipe or drain will be the base of their breeding source. In this situation, there are numerous pipes or drains close to the infested area, then you may require the second method to locate the actual breeding source. In this test, we are going to test all the drains, pipes and outlets with a sticky tape, so that when drain flies come out of the source they get trapped to the tape, giving us infestation proofs. 1. First step is to clean the drain thoroughly and dry the drain areas in your bathroom and kitchen. 2. After this, in the evening because these flies are most active at night. Stick a piece of clear tape over the drain, pipes etc. in your bathroom and kitchen. Place the tape keeping the sticky side facing downwards.
Do not fully cover the drain with tape, as this will stop flies from coming out of the drain. 3. Keep the tape overnight or for a weekend if possible. After that, verify the tape, if you find any flies glued to the tape, if the flies are there then you have located the breeding source. If not, then repeat the check for 4 more nights to look out for differences in the breeding cycle. Now, once you have recognized the breeding source, you can start the process of removing the dirt and slime dumped in your drains where these flies reproduce. First step is to clean the outer surface of the drain. And then pour 2-3 liters of hot water to wet the drain. After this, use a pipe brush consider metal one and push it throughout the pipe, move it up and down to clean all the sides of the drain pipe. You could also use a plumbing snake to take out the dirt.
Next, pour a drain cleaner liquid or gel into the pipe to cover the sides of the pipe with this chemical. Drain cleaner gel is specially made to get rid of the organic matter from the pipes. Many people try to drain cleaning gel, boiling water and bleach, but these treatments are not successful against drain flies. Because drain fly larvae can stay alive under high temperatures as well. After a few hours, put lots of water. You could also use a nozzle to flush any residual organic matter trapped in the pipe. After eliminating the drain fly larvae and eggs by cleaning the drain, only adult flies are left. Since they now have no area to produce eggs, your drain fly problem will vanish when these adults die. To destroy these adult drain flies you could use, swatters or sprays. Chemical Sprays to Kill Drain Flies- This is one of the popular methods to remove drain flies fast and naturally from kitchen and bathroom. You could use chemical sprays to terminate the adult drain flies.