Savannah Drain Fly Control

Drain flies and fruit flies are a somewhat common problem and always annoying when found in our homes and businesses. One of the biggest obstacles in achieving control of these “filth flies”, is properly identifying which you are dealing with and then applying the correct cleaning procedures. When we describe these types of flies as “filth flies” we are not implying that your home or business is filthy dirty, just that there is an area that contains a specific type of decaying organic matter that the flies are feeding on and breeding in. If this area or areas are not remedied, the fly problem will continue indefinitely.

Which type of fly is it?

If you are seeing small flies with fuzzy wings in your kitchen and/or bathroom, you are probably dealing with drain flies. If the small flies have red eyes, you are most likely having a problem with fruit flies.

Drain flies require moist, organic matter to feed and develop. Dirty drains and garbage disposals are the most common culprits. If you are unsure of where the flies are coming from, one trick is to place clear tape over all drains, disposals, etc. before going to bed. Leave the tape over the drains as long as possible. Continue to observe the tape to see which drains show evidence of catching flies on the sticky side of the tape. This can help identify the source of the fly problem.

To properly clean your drains, a brush or enzyme cleaner needs to be employed to ensure ALL organic debris is removed from the pipes. Hot water and bleach can sometimes help light infestations but may not be enough if the pipes are heavily laden. Once all suspected areas have been thoroughly cleaned it may take up to 3-4 weeks for complete elimination of the problem as all stages of the drain flies will need to develop and be eliminated.