Did you know that clogged drains can cause more problems than just slow-moving water? If your sinks, showers, or industrial drains are clogged, you are a prime candidate for a drain fly problem.
During the next two weeks, we’ll talk about these pests and Epcon Lane’s new steam-clean drain service that will remove them efficiently and thoroughly. Today, we meet the enemy.
Drain fly. Sometimes called moth flies. These 1/5-inch-long flies can appear suddenly in overwhelming numbers in places such as industrial kitchens, restaurants, and homes.
Drain flies are fuzzy with large wings held above their bodies like a roof. Their flight pattern is short and disjointed. They are small enough to pass through standard window screens and lay up to 200 eggs at a time.
They are primarily a nuisance pest. Large quantities will drive customers away from your restaurant and discourage friends from visiting in your home kitchen.
Eliminate the breeding grounds. Drain flies are strongly drawn to damp areas with decomposing organic matter—hence their love for drains, particularly clogged drains.
Use a long-handled, stiff wire brush to cleanse clogged pipes.
You can also use a drain snake.
Flush the lines with boiling water and an enzyme bacterial drain cleaner.
For breeding areas not located in a drain: Eliminate standing water. Clean trash cans and recycle bins. Clean under and behind large appliances and counters, including where the feet touch the floor.
For Back Up:
Pest control technicians have some additional tools at their disposal, such as bacterial drain cleaners that will eliminate breeding areas without harming your pipes.
Epcon Lane is now offering a new steam drain cleaning service to eliminate drain flies efficiently and thoroughly. Come back for Wednesday’s blog to learn more.
Much thanks to Ohio State University’s “Extension Fact Sheet: Drain Flies” by William F. Lyon.
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