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Gnats, Fruit Flies, and Drain Flies

Fly Control | May 22, 2018

Gnats, Fruit Flies, and Drain Flies

Small flies often show up in swarms and are just as much a pest as are larger flies. Small flies are common household pests as they are attracted to food, water, and humans. Here is a closer look at what you can do to help keep small pest flies out of your home.

Food & Flies

We are used to larger flies buzzing around looking for food, but we may not notice the small flies. A single female fruit fly can lay 500 eggs. This is why there is suddenly an explosion of fruit flies in your kitchen. They are quick to hatch, and the adults only live a few days – long enough breed and start the cycle all over again. Fruit flies are attracted to the alcohols produced by ripe and overly ripe fruit, but they will also go after anything that is decaying, such as cooked meat or chicken bones.

Drain Flies are another small fly that does not so much go after our food but after sludge – the grease and food bits in drains, sewage, and muck. Nobody wants something that loves sewage to land in their kitchen or on their food. Drain flies breed in the wet, moist, and yucky drain pipes in kitchen, showers, and sinks.

Gnats – gnats are a large group of smaller flies. Some bite and prefer fresh foods, while others prefer the rotten and decaying meal. Gnats usually come from an outside source and are small enough to make their way through window screening.

Small fly control is difficult, but you can do a few things such as keeping fruit in the fridge rather than on the counter. When it comes to drain flies, regular cleaning of your drains or treating them can help reduce the population. Reach out to us for the best treatment options for drain flies, fruit flies, and gnats.

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