Sewer flies, also known as drain flies, enter the house through open windows and doors and reproduce in drains and stagnant water. To get rid of them you need clear plastic cups, cooking spray, a long-handled brush and drain cleaner.Continue Reading
To determine the drains the flies are breeding in, coat the inside of clear plastic cups with cooking spray, and use them to cover all the household drains overnight. You should find some flies stuck to the spray over infested drains.
Use a stiff-bristled brush and a biodegradable cleaner to thoroughly scrub the infected drains. Remove sink traps, and scrub them as well. An alternative to drain cleaner is a mixture of one cup baking soda, 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup vinegar. When you have finished and reassembled the pipes, flush the drain liberally with boiling hot water. Also, scrub out the flush tanks of toilets you don't use often.
Sewer flies are drawn to filth and standing water. To keep them away, search for and dispose of standing water and moist environments in your home, such as leaking pipes, broken air conditioners, drip pans under appliances and stagnant water in plant pots. Clean and disinfect your garbage disposal and kitchen garbage bin. Also, be sure the garbage bin top closes snugly.
The main signs that a sewer drain is clogged are water backing up in a drain or toilet and gurgling noises from the drains. Low-lying floor drains in basements are often the first sites of water return, so keeping an eye on these drains can help to identify clogs early.Full Answer >
Get rid of fruit flies by purging the house of overripe fruit and vegetables, cleaning surfaces and containers where food is stored or prepared, and sterilizing drains. Make a fruit fly trap with a jar, some plastic wrap and vinegar.Full Answer >
The best way to eliminate pesky drain flies, also known as moth flies, is to remove all traces of organic film within the drain with an industrial strength enzymatic drain cleaner and hard bristle brush. Organic drain cleaners eliminate biological matter that supports drain fly larvae. Clean any drains where adult flies have been spotted. If the sink has a J trap, that needs cleaning as well.Full Answer >
To get rid of fruit flies in the kitchen, throw out any old or overripe fruit in the kitchen or pantry, clean out the sink drain and purchase or make fruit fly traps to contain and kill the remaining flies. Fruit flies are attracted to fruit, juice and other organic materials, so it is important to keep these items in closed containers or in the refrigerator until the infestation is under control. Fruit flies are small flying insects that live for approximately 30 days. They can reproduce quickly, so it can take some time to eliminate them completely from an infested kitchen.Full Answer >