Drain flies are pesky little creatures that make their homes in organic matter found in drains. As they lay eggs and hatch, drain flies can become quite the nuisance if they are not dealt with immediately. In fact the eggs hatch within 36-48 hours so it is easy to see how quickly drains can become infested with the pests.
The tiny flies are attracted to the gunk that causes drain clogs, including hair, grease, food and other organic matter that becomes lodged in drain pipes. Organic matter serves as food for drain flies and provides the perfect medium for flies to lay their eggs. Consider the following suggestions for how to get rid of drain flies.
Keeping drains clean and free-flowing is one way to keep drain flies moving. Drain maintenance means keeping grease, hair and other substances from getting into drains. However if an area is infested, it is important to verify that drain flies are the problem since organic matter attracts other small flies.
First, dry the drain area and place a piece of tape over the drain at night, but do not cover all of the holes. This way some flies that try to exit will get stuck on the tape. The next day, check to see if flies are on the tape. If there are no flies the first day, repeat the process for two or three more days, allowing time for eggs to hatch. When there is evidence of flies on the tape, the next step is to clean the drain.
To clean a drain, remove the drain cover and clean out any hair or other organic matter. Next run warm water through the pipe. Use a drain brush or plumbing snake to remove material that may be deep inside the pipe. Going through all of these steps should clear the pipes and prepare them for a gel cleaner. Purchase gel cleaner at a hardware store. Follow directions for using the gel cleaner. Follow the gel treatment with a plunger to remove anything that might remain in the drain. Rinse the drain well.
Keep the drain free of matter that may clog it and apply the gel about once a month to keep drain flies away. Follow us for more information on do-it-yourself home maintenance.