Drain flies are small flies that like to live, lay eggs and gather around areas where there is moisture and stagnant or standing water. Their name comes from the fact they are commonly found around drains that slow draining or completely blocked. They love the slimy film that forms over drains and in sewer pipes as a place to breed and lay their eggs. When such places in the home are not regularly cleaned and checked it becomes the perfect home for them.
With a “furry” moth-like appearance, these small flies are formally known as Psychodidae but go by many names including sewer gnats, sink flies or moth flies. Here is a closer look at where you can find these pests and how to get rid of drain flies.
Due to the fact they love damp places, you are more likely to find them in kitchens and bathrooms when inside the home but around drains, sinks, windows and in basements are possible places too. They are a nuisance or pest because they grow in numbers very quickly and can cause problems in the home and are often associated with blocked drains in Sydney. Spreading the bacteria they prefer to live in, they can contaminate your food if they land on any as you are preparing it. They do not spread a specific disease to people but it is important to get rid of drain flies when you spot them. You will see the adult drain flies resting on your bathroom walls or near the drains.
The key is to find all the places they are, clean out the breeding sites and all the organic material they like to live in and that you remove the eggs they lay. The adult flies have just a short lifespan of 20 days and cannot breed if you do not have nice smelly drains for them to reproduce in. Just pouring drain cleaner down a drain or two is not going to fix everything. You need to find, inspect and clean all the potential breeding sites, or call in someone to handle it for you.
When looking at how to get rid of drain flies if you are unsure or unable to get rid of them consider calling in your professional local Sydney plumber. Affordable plumbing in Artarmon, Normanhurst, St Ives, Hornsby and beyond, we can unblock pipes and drains and get rid of those ideal breeding grounds so that you are free of drain flies very quickly.