When we talk about drain pests, we are mostly talking about drain flies. These are tiny, hairy, heart-shaped flies whose populations seem to erupt during the summer. They are literally born in the sink and tub drains and then emerge as adults. The larvae eat sludge in the sewer and drain pipes. Yes, disgusting. Also, dangerous! Flies are one of the insects orders that spread a wide number of diseases.
The Fruit Fly Explosion
Grouped into the same pest status as the drain flies are the fruit flies. These small, gnat-like flies are not sink or sewer pipe pests. They just seem to appear at the same time as the drain flies. Fruit flies are attracted to the alcohols and sugars in fruit that is overly ripe and rotten. For this reason, we often see them around kitchens which is also one reason people link them to sinks.
Biting gnats are also small flies that – well – bite us. They are a pest that we find indoors and out and their presence makes life a little harder. Flies that bite, including the big deer fly, do so to fuel their reproductive cycle. It is the female fly that bites as the males, as in the case with mosquitoes, horse fly, and deer fly, eat plant juices.
Controlling Small Pest Flies
Each of the flies that we discuss here have only a couple of things in common. Namely, they are small flying pests. From there, their differences are varied and great. Their dietary preferences, life cycle, and (most importantly) treatment requirements are very different.
Small flies are best controlled at the species level. If you have small fly pests, we will treat them one species at a time. The fruit flies will have their own pest control solution while the biting gnats will have a different one.
The Good News: Fly Control
Don’t worry. Just because they’re complicated, doesn’t mean you have to be a professional pest control company to live without these nuisance pests. You just have to call one.
If you have nuisance flies or pests in your kitchen or home (or business!), then call Robert’s Pest Control. We understand each pest and develop a plan of action to deals with them. We target them so that their populations shrink or disappear and exploit their species specific weaknesses so that the entire populations are affected rather than just a few flying critters.
Don’t waste your time on DIY products that only address a segment of the pest population and not the entire pest population. Learn more about safe and comprehensive pest control options for your home or business by giving us a call. We will happily answer your questions or set up a service call. We provide green pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area.
Do you need pest control? Don't wait. Call Robert's Pest Control now at (512) 444-0132.