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Everything You Need to Know About Drain Flies

Certified Plumbing of Brevard - October 22, 2021 - 0 comments

Nothing is worse than pesky drain flies ruining your deliciously home-cooked dinner. But just what causes these flies, and what is the solution to these nuisances? 

Let’s get down to the root of this issue so that you can live fly-free.

What Is a Drain Fly?

Drain flies, also known as sink flies, sewage flies, and filter flies (due to their preference for wet organic matter in sewage treatment facilities), are a species of small, greyish black dipteran which breed in decaying matter.

Their lifespan is about two weeks, with a reproduction time of only a few days.

What Do Drain Flies Look Like?

Often, these flies resemble fruit flies or gnats. They are grey or tan and have similar markings to the fruit fly. However, they live in your kitchen and are attracted to whatever lives in your drain.

What Are Drain Flies Attracted To?

Drain flies are attracted to very specific things – they love the moisture and darkness found inside your drain. They like to eat decaying organic material such as leaves, food, roots, and animal waste.

They prefer moist places where they can deposit their eggs. This includes:

  • the sump pump area of a basement
  • around tubs and showers
  • on kitchen counters and cupboards near the sink

This is why it is essential to keep your kitchen area as clean as possible. 

How Can I Get Rid of Drain Flies?

Getting rid of drain flies is not an easy task. You can try to eliminate the breeding grounds by shutting off water to exterior drains, cleaning out your sump pump pit, and keeping your kitchen sink clean.

Make sure to avoid a clog by being aware of what items you put down your drain. Avoid pouring items down your drain such as:

  • Coffee grinds
  • Solid foods
  • Hair
  • Grease
  • Rice
  • Fruit
  • Eggshells
  • Cat litter
  • and more!

Hire a Professional

If you already have a tough drain clog, you should contact a professional. Our experienced plumbers at Certified Plumbing of Brevard can provide drain cleaning services with the most advanced equipment to ensure your drains are running smoothly. 

Contact Us

You deserve professionals who can provide quality services at a fair price. Certified Plumbing of Brevard is here to help with all your plumbing needs! Certified Plumbing provides 24-hour emergency service, seven days a week, and we service the entire county of Brevard. Call Certified Plumbing of Brevard today at 321-676-0812.

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