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Drain Flies

Pest Guide > Drain Flies

drain flyWhat Do Drain Flies Look Like?

Drain flies are a tiny species of fly; in fact, you can only see that their gray or black bodies are covered in a fuzzy coating of hair under magnification. These flies have wings that are larger than their bodies, and when these flies are at rest, their wings fold over their body to create a roof-like shape. Drain flies are very poor fliers and can only fly for very short periods of time; these flies are often identified by their frantic, erratic flight pattern.

Are Drain Flies Dangerous?

Drain flies are not considered a dangerous species of fly as they do not bite and are not known to transmit any diseases to people; however, it is important to understand that these nuisance flies can invade in large populations and become extremely frustrating and difficult to deal with.

Why Are Drain Flies On My Property?

Adult drain flies lay their eggs in collections of moist organic debris and can be found living in and around places like sewers, basements, and drains. When drain flies invade homes, they can typically be found flying around sink and tub drains or around basement walls. These pests can also be found living inside of wall voids.

How Do You Get Rid Of Drain Flies?

Due to their small size and extremely large populations, ridding your home of drain flies can be a very difficult task and, therefore, should be handled by pest control professionals. At Spencer Pest Services, we can quickly reduce drain fly populations from your property through our year-round residential pest control services. Our pest control professionals have the experience, dedication, and training needed to control drain flies on your property as well as prevent future problems with them. Contact us today for more information about our drain fly control services!

Drain Fly Prevention Tips

Along with implementing a year-round pest control service, there are several other things you can do around your home to prevent problems with drain flies:
  • Routinely inspect your home’s drains and clean out any built up debris inside them.
  • Reduce humidity levels inside of your home by using dehumidifiers and making sure that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
  • Remove piles of wet organic debris as well as decaying logs and fallen trees which could attract drain flies from your property.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors to help stop drain flies from making their way into your home.

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