Shoo Fly, Go Away: How to Help Get Rid of Drain Flies

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Of all the drain insects that you might discover scurrying or buzzing around in your home, drain flies, which are also called “moth flies,” are among the most common.

Drain fly avoidance starts with vigilance — and a little old-fashioned elbow grease. Any areas rich in wet organic materials, like kitchen waste, can attract drain flies. They are surprisingly hardy and can survive being completely submerged for 24 hours or more.

Your drain fly removal and/or prevention strategy should start with eliminating any standing water in infested areas. Next, make sure to sanitize and clean your drains monthly. In addition to sanitation, make sure to keep garbage disposal unit clean as often as possible.

What Are Drain Flies?

While they are also known as moth flies, drain flies are not moths. They are flies that measure about one-fourth an inch in length. Often black, grey or dark brown, their bodies and wings are both covered with hair, causing them to resemble moths.

Drain flies will infest bathrooms and kitchens, which provide the moisture and organic matter (such as hair) that they need to breed and multiply.

Another way to identify drain flies is from their transportation method. Drain flies are not particularly proficient fliers. Instead, they often appear to be hopping from one place to another. Due to their somewhat limited mobility, drain flies tend to congregate in a single location near their breeding sites — including drains. They can also reproduce quickly, with females laying up to 200 eggs at a time.

Drain fly adults are nocturnal, though you may see them resting on the wall during the day. Typically, if you attempt to brush them off, they will quickly fly away.

How to Help Get Rid of a Drain Fly Problem

The best way to avoid drain flies is by keeping a sanitary kitchen and bathroom. Eliminating standing water will also help avoid drain flies from settling in your household. However, should you encounter an issue with drain flies, or you want professional help from the start, contact the professionals. Give Terminix a call today to learn more about our pest control solutions.