If you are seeing small flies flying around your drains, then it is likely fruit flies. Fruit flies are much smaller than flies and are a brownish color with red eyes. Keep reading to learn more about this and how to get these pests out of your home.
Where to Find Fruit Flies
If you do not keep your kitchen or bathroom sinks clean, fruit flies may appear. This is because they love to eat on decay. This also includes fruit in your kitchen if it sits on the counter too long and starts to rot. If you keep potatoes in a potato bin and one of them rots, fruit flies will show up there as well.
Fruit flies will not bite you, but they can still be dangerous. This is because they spread bacteria on everything they step on. Consider how much bacteria will spread if you have hundreds of these flies in your home.
Fruit flies spread quickly, especially if you have a lot of females in your home. This is because females can lay several batches of eggs over a few weeks' time. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get these pests out of your home.
Remove Fruit Flies
The first thing you should do is clean the drains in your home. You can purchase drain cleaners to do this. You can remove the fruit flies naturally. To do this, pour boiling water down the drain. This will loosen stuck-on debris. After this, pour about a half box of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, pour some vinegar down the drain until you hear a fizzing sound. Cover the drain hole and let it sit for a couple of hours. After this, pour boiling water down the drain.
If your drains are very dirty, you may have to repeat the process a few times. If your sinks have clogs and this does not get them out, contact a plumber to remove the clog and clean the drains for you.
Hire a Pest Control Company
If you are still seeing fruit flies in your home, you may be dealing with an infestation. Contact a pest control company to help you. They will first do a home inspection to determine how the fruit flies are getting in and take care of these areas. The pest control company may use insect UV lights to kill fruit flies. The lights attract the flies, and the UV rays kill them. The company may use liquid insecticide to kill fruit flies. This may be placed in the drains, as well as sprayed onto surfaces. Fly baits may be set up in areas where you see the most fruit flies. These baits have sugars that attract the flies to the trap.
The pest control company can give you much more information about fruit flies and how they remove them from your home.