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Drain Flies

Drain flies are a small fly species with adults growing to be 1/5th to 1/16th of an inch in length.  They are gray to black; and under magnification, it can be seen that their body is covered in a coating of fuzzy hair. They have large horizontal wings that are responsible for their short, frantic flight pattern; drain flies are very weak fliers. When at rest they fold their wings over this body in a distinctive roof-like manner.

Are drain flies dangerous?

Drain flies are not considered to be dangerous; they do not bite and are not known to transmit any human diseases. However, if drain flies are not eliminated from your home in a timely manner, their population will grow very large and they will become a huge nuisance within your home.

Why do I have a drain fly problem?

Drain flies are found living and breeding in moist organic debris. Sewers, basements, floor drains, and sink drains are all areas that collect organic debris and allow drain fly populations to flourish. Inside a home that is infested with drain flies, they can be seen flying around drains and resting on bathroom, kitchen, and basement walls.

How do I get rid of drain flies?

In addition to reducing areas of moisture and organic debris found in and around your home that can attract drain flies, getting help from a pest control expert that has experience eliminating these pests is the most effective way to get rid of an infestation. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to find and eliminate all drain flies and other common household pests from your home through our year-round Perimeter pest control program or our Green Choice pest control program.

Can I do it myself?

The best way to safely and completely get rid of drain flies from your home and prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional drain fly control expert. Do-it-yourself pesticides are often dangerous if not mixed or placed properly, are often ineffective, and do nothing to help prevent a future re-infestation. If drain flies have infested your home, contact the pest control experts here at All-American Pest Control today.

Why Choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with nuisance drain flies. By choosing All-American Pest Control, you can be sure that you will receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem by our trained, experienced, and friendly experts.

How can I prevent problems with drain flies in the future?

  • The following prevention tips can help to reduce problems with drain flies in your home.

  • Physically clean out and remove any debris that has built up in your home’s sink drains.

  • Make sure that gutters are cleaned out and directing water away from the outside of your home.

  • Remove decaying logs or piles of wet, moist organic debris from your property that can attract drain flies.

  • Caulk any gaps found around windows and doors.

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