Drain pests flying around the house from either the bathroom or kitchen can be frustrating, but did you know slow-moving and clogged drains can be a source for these pests to flourish? Flies, gnats and other drain pests can find their way into your otherwise clean home but can be taken care of with a few manageable steps by most homeowners.
Water is an integral part for most pests to survive and breed. The combination of standing or slow moving drains mixed with the organic matter that starts to build up in pipes will provide the perfect conditions for these pests to thrive. You should be especially vigilant of bathroom drains that are seldom used as you may even see roaches, spiders or other pests gain entry through these plumbing accesses leading into your home.
Ultimately, the organic debris that is lingering in the drains needs to be addressed.
- Unclog drains that are slow running either professionally or follow drain cleaning package directions if taking care of this yourself.
- After all cleared, use a snake pipe or pipe brush to thoroughly clear debris of decomposing matter and hair.
- Use an enzyme cleaner. Applying overnight is best to allow a few hours for the material to work best. Be sure to follow label directions.
- Check for and repair cracked or damaged plumbing seals or leaky faucets.
- Inspect for excessively lingering humidity issues, especially in bathrooms.
- Clean and clear standing water in the drain pan of houseplant containers.
- Try looking under your washing machine for possible wet lint accumulation.
- Remember to keep garbage containers cleaned frequently to avoid accumulation of food and liquid spills.
Once the underlying issues have been addressed, and the organic matter build-up has been removed, the infestation should resolve as there should no longer a place for these pests to hide and breed. It is important to note, the lifespan of the adult drain fly is approximately 20 days so you may still see these flying pests but this should resolve within a few short weeks.
Routine inspections and proper identification will provide the right type of corrective or preventative treatment and reduce the possibility of future pest infestations. If you are having pest issues beyond your control, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022.