If you ever notice small and fuzzy insects buzzing around your drains, these are probably drain flies. Measuring in at just 2 to 5 millimeters, or about one-eighth of an inch, drain flies tend to congregate around standing water. They’re also known as moth flies, sewer flies, and filter flies, and they’re usually gray or taupe in color, with small, rounded wings that make them hop rather than fly. Having these breeding in and around your sink can be a nuisance, especially in large quantities. Luckily, as a reputable pipe and sewer line repair company, we’re here to help you understand what drain flies are and how you can get rid of them for good.
Stagnant, shallow water, especially near sources of food or bacteria, like sinks and showers, can attract drain flies. They often favor areas that have been left untouched for a while, or are generally not used frequently. This can include a seldom-used basement or workshop sink, or even your kitchen sink after returning from a long vacation or time away from home. Unlike fruit flies which thrive on fruits and vegetables, drain flies thrive on moisture and organic debris. Sometimes, they can even pop up in a seemingly clean area.
Are Drain Flies Harmful?
Contrary to what their name suggests, drain flies actually don’t “fly” very well, but rather travel with little hops and jumps from surface to surface. They’re also not harmful since they don’t transmit human disease, but their presence is still a sign that your kitchen needs a deep clean by a professional plumbing repair company. Drain flies can live for up to three weeks, and new eggs can hatch every 48 hours, so as with all potential insect problems, you should address this immediately.
How Do You Get Rid of Drain Flies?
With careful attention and regular cleaning, most drain fly problems can be resolved within a week. We recommend you start cleaning the sink with your usual cleaning solution, and use a pipe brush to thoroughly scrub in and around the drain. The simplest fix can be as easy as pouring boiling water in a medium-size pot down the drain once or twice per week.
Another solution involves baking soda, where you combine 1/2 cup of salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar, then pour it down the drain. Leave it overnight, and pour boiling water in the morning. However, if none of these methods seem to work and you still have traces of drain flies around your affected areas, then you may need to call your locally trusted professional plumber.
Whether you have drain fly problems in your home or just need a pipe leak repair, consider hiring Oak Plumbing. Give us a call at (800) 397-3799 for more information. You can also contact us through our convenient online form. We serve Sacramento, Vacaville, and neighboring CA areas.