Springtime is great – most of the time. However, there is one thing that most Floridians will be frustrated with as the temperature start to rise. There’s a pesky pest that infiltrated our homes – no matter how sealed your windows, doors, and walls are! We experience an influx of small fruit flies that get into houses by growing in the drains. But what are these drain flies – and what’s the best way to get rid of drain flies in the spring?
While fruit flies aren’t dangerous, they can be a real nuisance. Drain flies are about 2 to 5 millimeters in length and hatch eggs every 48 hours. They are commonly found in sink drains, pipes, basements, under-shower pans, unused sinks, and places where moisture is present. Unless you do something about them, they could stay in your home for up to 20 days. Ew.
It’s time to put a stop to these unwanted houseguests! We’re going to be covering the best way to get rid of drain flies in your house. (Or, you can always call an expert Brevard County plumber for help.)
Clean the Drains
We always recommend that you to use a vinegar and baking soda solution to effectively clean your drains. We’ve discussed cleaning drains before, but it’s also a great way to keep drain flies at bay. Drain flies grow in your pipes by growing eggs in the gross gunk that sticks to the sides of your pipes. Partial clogs are also great hosts for these fruit flies. By cleaning your drain with a vinegar and baking soda solution, you won’t just keep your drain smelling and working well. You’ll also prevent drain flies from taking root.
Unclog the Drain
Drain flies thrive in stagnant water, clogged or slow drains. While they are not harmful to humans and don’t carry disease with them, drain flies can carry bacteria. They also reproduce quickly. One of the best ways to get rid of drain flies is to unclog your drains.
You may use a plunger or a drain snake for unclogging the drains. It’s never a good idea to use heavily-advertised cleaners for your drains. We don’t recommend them as they can damage your pipes and could lead to worse problems down the road. To avoid costly repairs and replacements, never use chemical-based cleaners. It’s best to call for professional help if you’re not able to unclog the drains properly!
Watch What Goes Down the Drain
Fruit flies are common in the springtime, but you can avoid a drain fly infestation when you ensure that your drains are healthy. To avoid clogs, never throw grease or oil down the drain. Use a strainer to catch hair, food particles, or any debris. If you have kids at home, educate them on how to take care of your drains.
Contact Anchor Plumbing Today
Do you need help with your drains? Call a professional Brevard County plumber today. Anchor Plumbing specializes in any plumbing repairs, installations, or maintenance. We’ve been helping out homeowners for years and are committed to providing only the best plumbing services in the area. Call us today to schedule your professional drain cleaning.