Tag Archives: flies

Get Rid Of Drain Flies In Your Home!

Get Rid Of Drain Flies In Your Home!

 

Drain flie Sydney
Drain fly Sydney

 

Are you seeing small flies hovering around your drains or stagnated water? Good chances are these pesky insects are drain flies.

 

Drain flies are also known as moth flies, sewer gnats, moth flies and come from the family of Psychodidae.

 

Sometimes the drain fly can be confused as the fruit fly as they closely resemble each other.

 

Unfortunately drain flies breed at a rapid rate and their populations can grow quite quickly. For every female Drain flies she can lay up to 200 eggs per day, so an infestation of the Drain fly can get out of hand very quickly if there is a water source for it to survive in.

 

Identifying drain flies in your home!

 

What do drain flies look like and how you can identify them.

 

  • Drain flies are 1.5″ to 1.10″ in length
  • Drain flies body & wings are covered with very thin long hair that make it look moth like.
  • Drain flies have a black to dark grey coloured body with lighter-coloured wings.
  • Drain flies have long and curve antennae
  • Drain flies are poor flyers and will usually only have short flights.
  • Drain flies are easily identifde as it makes short hopping flights.
  • Drain flies are generally found near the main water sources.

 

Where are drain flies typically found in your home?

 

Drain flies will often feed on decaying organic matter in stagnate water, moss and flower nectar.

 

Drain flies are very adaptable and will live and breed in various types of environments.

 

In homes you can find these flies in on as well as around:

 

  • All drains in and around your home
  • Basements, Garages and showers
  • Walls adjacent to drains is also where you can find them and infrequent used toilets such as a spare toilet
  • Unwashed and unclean garbage areas
  • Sides of showers

 

Outdoors, around your home:

  • In/around compost stations
  • Damaged septic lines and tanks
  • Garbage areas
  • Stagnant water such as shallow polluted ponds, tree holes, rain barrels, pet bowels, pools

 

How to get rid of Fruit flies/ Drain Flies 

 

  • Inspect all areas of your kitchen and find the source which is attracting fruit flies.
  • Remove all sources in a plastic bag, tie it up and dispose the bag in the council bin.
  • All fresh produce place inside the fridge until the fruit flies have ceased.
  • Frequently clean your bins and make sure that it is not damp.
  • Place either bleach or draino down your sink and drains, cover with a plug, do this at the end of each night before bed for three nights as this will get rid of any fruit flies and their eggs in your sink or drain.
  • You can make a homemade remedy by grabbing a jar, putting a cone shape funnel in it with a piece of fruit, honey or vinegar inside. The fruit flies can fly in but is unable to fly back out.

 

Further Reading:

 

Queensland Fruit flies Sydney

Natural way of getting rid of a light infestation of fleas.

Fruit Flies Sydney

Natural Fly Remedies For Prevention And Control

Queensland Fruit flies Sydney

Queensland Fruit Fly

 

In Australia there are over 250 species of fruit flies with just about 10 being on the serial pest list.

 

Today I am going to talk about the good old Queensland fruit fly which plays havoc with anyone who has fruit trees in their backyards.

 

The Queensland fruit fly also known by Bactrocera Tryoni is one of two species which are a pest to anyone who grows fruit trees.

 

Where are Queensland fruit flies found?

 

Unfortunately fruit flies are located in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and NT and no fruit trees are safe from these pesky little flies.

 

The female fruit fly will deposit her eggs in the flesh of fruit which are on the verge of ripening or are ripe. The Queensland fruit fly has 4 stages in their lifecycle which are:

 

Eggs – Queensland fruit fly eggs are a creamy white colour and around 1mm long in the shape of a banana.

 

Larvae – Queensland fruit fly larvae are a creamy colour maggot which are up to 8mm long. The larvae will feed on the centre of the fruit.

Pupa – once the Queensland fruit fly larvae matures it will leave the rotting fruit and will dig itself into the soil beneath the fruit tree where is will form a dark brown hard casing.

 

Adult – Queensland fruit fly will then burrow out of their casing beneath the fruit tree and will go in search of water, food and shelter. Queensland fruit fly will then repeat the lifecycle again.

 

Queensland Fruit Fly Maggot

 

It is compulsory for anyone who grows fruit and vegetables to ensure that Queensland fruit flies are controlled as the breeding cycle that Queensland fruit flies have can ruin your neighbours crops and surrounding farms crops as they can travel some distance.

Further Reading:

Natural Remedies to control Flies

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies Sydney

fruit fly

 

 

 

What is fruit flies?

 

Vinegar flies also known as fruit flies and ferment flies come from the family of Drosophilide.

 

Fruit flies are small annoying insects which usually hangs around your kitchen area where there is rotting or fermented fruit or vegetables.

 

Fruit flies are usually 2.5 – 2.4mm long with its wings folded with one on top of the other. Fruit flies are usually a blackish brownish colour.

 

Fruit flies will usually lay around 25 – 35 eggs each day and they are deposited into the fruit or vegetables which is in your kitchen area. It is known that fruit flies can deposit their eggs in drains.

 

Fruit fly eggs will hatch around 24 hours after being laid and will mature in to adult fruit flies in about 4 days. Fruit flies typical life span is roughly 8 -14 days.

 

Fruit flies can also breed and feed on other matters such as open drinks, dirty bins and food containers.

 

How can I get rid of fruit flies?

 

We often hear customers asking for pest treatment for fruit flies and we always try to find a solution for our customers before recommending a pest service. Yes sure we may not get a booking but if we can save our customers money by them eradicating the issue at hand themselves then we are sure to know that that customer will remember us in the future for a more serious pest or termite issue.

 

  • Inspect all areas of your kitchen and find the source which is attracting fruit flies.
  • Remove all sources in a plastic bag, tie it up and dispose the bag in the council bin.
  • All fresh produce place inside the fridge until the fruit flies have ceased.
  • Frequently clean your bins and make sure that it is not damp.
  • Place either bleach or draino down your sink and put the plug in as this will get rid of any fruit flies and their eggs in your sink.
  • You can make a homemade remedy by grabbing a jar, putting a cone shape funnel in it with a piece of fruit, honey or vinegar inside. The fruit flies can fly in but is unable to fly back out.

 

 

Commercial Hygiene & Pest Management

Dirty Kitchen
Dirty Kitchen

Last night was my first night out with a technician to do pest control on a commercial take away food shop in the city. Needless to say that I was appalled by what I had seen in this tiny take away shop. You see being in the office I never really thought of the hygiene aspect that goes hand in hand with pest control. So you can imagine when I was at this take away shop I was a taken back from what I saw. It is very important that if you own a take away shop that you keep it in a clean manner not only to avoid pest from claiming your shop theirs but from potentially poisoning if not killing your future customers.
I must stress that it is important to have an appropriate pest & hygiene management plan in action. Try having a check list of what needs to be done before you walk out that door to go home.
• Clean all cooking equipment so no left up grease is left behind.
• Wipe down all benches and counters with a cleaning agent.
• Do not leave any food scraps or food out of their containers.
• Put food away especially food that needs to be in the fridge or freezer.
• Sweep and mop all flooring with a cleaning agent.
• Take the rubbish out each night.
Pest carry diseases such as salmonella, listeria, bacteria and other forms of viruses which can either make your customers very sick with food poisoning or potentially kill them. Pest will run and walk over food preparation areas, food, utensils, pots and pans.
In Australia there have been many reports over the last food months of food poisoning as some business owners have little to non-knowledge of food hygiene.
Councils are now trying to work with owners and staff who run and operate services in the food industry. However councils are also fining and shutting down those who do not comply with the rules and regulations of the food act 2003. Once the council has given you a warning and you still do not comply with the order you will be given a fine and place on the Food Authority website in their name and shame section for any members of the public to view which could lead to customers no longer wanting to come to your commercial premises therefore could potentially send you out of business.

commercial pests