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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:

 

Queensland Fruit flies Sydney

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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