What Causes Drain Flies?
They seem to come from no where…but then, your kitchen is filled with these little flies. There are many different types of flies that home owners can find in their homes. One type of fly that is quite irritating is the drain fly. If you have ever found these flies in your kitchen or bathroom, you have probably wondered what causes these drain flies to appear.
What Is A Drain Fly?
Drain flies have fuzzy-looking wings and they do not fly well. You will probably notice them fairly quickly because they are slow flyers and will exhibit bursts of flight. Theses flies are anywhere from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch. They are dark with wings ranging from a gray to a dark brownish-black color. Their wings are covered in fine hairs which makes them look similar to moths.
Where Do Drain Flies Come From?
Drain flies are attracted to moist decaying organic material and standing water. These flies breed in water and they prefer shallow, dirty water with organic material like food waste. The drain fly larvae feed on the buildup of organic materials. They can lay anywhere from 10 to 200 eggs at one time, and they hatch in about two days. For the next 9 to 15 days, the larva will feed until they enter the pupal stage which lasts for 20 to 40 hours. As an adult, the flies will feed on the same organic material as the larvae. The entire life cycle can be completed in as little as eight days.
These flies can infest both residential homes and commercial properties. They can be found underneath air conditioning units, inside kitchen sinks, toilet tanks, dirty garbage cans, and even in the bathrooms that are not used. If a home or commercial property has standing water, it may attract flies, but once the water starts flowing again, the fly issue may resolve itself. However, if you have a bunch of drain flies flying around your home, you should consider calling Terminix for Pest Control.