This article was written and published by Len the Plumber
It’s safe to say that the majority of homeowners have experienced those tiny, annoying bugs most commonly known as “fruit flies” or “drain flies” at least once in their lifetime. Once you have them in your home, they begin to breed and multiply, and it seems as if they never fully go away.
What Are Drain Flies?
A common place many homeowners find these pesky flies is near their showers or sinks — sometimes in both your kitchen and bathrooms. If you’ve spotted drain flies in your home, this could be because your drain pipe is leaking. This leakage can come from under your sink, bath, or your kitchen.
Another way drain flies develop and breed is through moist places, especially through a slow or clogged drain. If this is the case, liquid drain cleaner WILL NOT solve the problem.
So what do you do? Give us a call! Once our certified and experienced technicians clear the blockage or fix the drain pipe, your issue of drain flies will typically go away.
What Are Fruit Flies?
Believe it or not, there is a difference between fruit flies and drain flies! Fruit flies love unrefrigerated produce, especially ripening fruit, vegetables, and other organic materials. Once you have two adult fruit flies in your home, they can lay up to 500 eggs near the food that is left outside of the refrigerator. However, if you don’t have any food left out on your kitchen counter, they can also lay their eggs in garbage disposal, empty alcohol bottles or cans, garbage bags, recycling bins, and even damp sponges.
How to Get Rid of Fruit and Drain Flies
In order to get rid of these pesky insects, get rid of what they love — ripened fruit or vegetables! Also be sure to frequently clean your recycling bins, garbage cans, and empty bottles and cans. Even though we’re not exterminators, here are a few at-home remedies you can try!
While drain and fruit flies are not harmful, their presence in your bathrooms and kitchen often make a homeowner uncomfortable.