Brief overview of drain flies

Drain flies are a species of nuisance fly that can be found invading both homes and businesses. These flies feed on piles of decaying organic materials; they are also prolific breeders, and can quickly become a large nuisance for home and business owners alike.

What do drain flies look like?

Drain flies are commonly referred to as “moth” flies because of their moth-like appearance. These tiny flies range in color from light tan or gray to black and their bodies are covered in small hairs, giving them a furry appearance. Drain flies also have large, oval-shaped wings, which, when the drain flies are at rest, cover their bodies in a roof-like manner. Despite their large wings, however, drain flies are very poor fliers; their flight pattern is very erratic and they can only fly for short periods of time.

a drain fly on shower wall in bathroom

Where am I likely to find drain flies?

Drain flies lay their eggs in the debris that is found built up inside of drains, which means that they are usually found buzzing around sink or tub drains. Drain flies can also be found living in and around sewers. Once they get inside, drain flies are typically found flying or crawling around kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, as well as damp basements or crawl spaces. When outdoors, drains flies are attracted to properties with piles of compost or wet organic debris like leaves, grass, and fallen or decaying trees.

Are drain flies dangerous?

No, drain flies are not considered to be dangerous; they do not lay their eggs on the food we eat and are not known to transmit diseases to people or pets. However, These flies can become quite problematic once they invade a home or business, as their populations can grow quite large and become very difficult to control and eliminate.

How do I get rid of drain flies?

The most effective way to eliminate drain flies from your North Texas property is to contact a professional pest control expert at the first sign of their presence. The professionals at Adams Exterminating Company have the experience needed to eliminate a drain fly infestation; we can accomplish this through our affordable, effective, and modern residential and commercial pest control services. Contact us today for more information about our drain fly control services and/or for a free quote!


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