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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:

Drain Flies

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

Natural Fly Remedies For Prevention And Control

fruit fly


With the warmer weather now upon us it is natural for flies to fly right into our humble abode.


Now I know that you are probably thinking that we are crazy for giving our customers helpful hints that can help prevent and control certain pest without asking for any money but in all honesty helping our clients with helpful tips that is beneficial for not only our customers pocket but also for the environment.


I have been doing a little research in more natural ways that I can eradicate flies from my home as there is no chemical control that suits my needs as with tiny little hands going everywhere I really don’t feel comfortable getting out the quickbait which is a chemical used for flies and is highly toxic if digested.


So what can we do to help protect our home from flies so our little monsters don’t get sick from harsh chemicals that are used for fly eradication.


  • Fly swats are great if you want to swing and jump around your home
  • Have a few planters of basil near your doors and windows
  • Flies absolutely hate cinnamon, try placing cinnamon around your home in little mason jars
  • Removing any food source that is likely to attract flies
  • Wash any cups, plates etc straight after using them
  • Wipe down all benchtops
  • Make a fly vinegar trap (get a mason jar and fill up with apple cider then put the lid on. The lid must have holes big enough for the flies to crawl into, once in the jar the fly doesn’t know how to get out of the jar)
  • Homemade fly strips are great, all you need is a piece of cardboard, ¼ cup of golden syrup and ¼ cup of sugar, mix well together and place onto the cardboard
  • Lavender trees, teatree oil in a candle burner, mint, tomatoes, cucumbers, caster oil, apple cider vinegar, cloves, witch hazel, citronella, and basil are great around benchtops, windows and doorframes
  • Try not to over water your plants as flies are attracted to the water and is a perfect breading ground
  • Put flyscreens over all windows and install a flyscreen door
  • Take out your rubbish once you have finished with it, make sure to always have the bin lid on
  • If you can install UV traps this is great as it zaps the flies


So now that I have given you some tips on prevention and control of flies try implementing the steps above the next time a pesky little fly comes into your home.


Further Reading:

Fruit Flies

Blow Fly