How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

February 5, 2020

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies

Summer might be slowly coming to an end, but those damn pesky drain flies are still hanging around. Here’s all you need to know to get rid of them, and to prevent them from returning.

What are drain flies and are they harmful?

Drain flies are a short, hairy bodied insect with wings. They are often found lurking in plumbing drains and sewage systems as they like moist areas. Based on their fuzzy like appearance and breeding ground, they are often referred to as sink moths or moth flies.

Whilst drain flies are not biting insects and therefore harmless to humans, there persistent appearance around the kitchen or bathroom sink is a huge annoyance. They can also quickly multiple with a lifecycle of up to three weeks and eggs that hatch every 32-48 hours.

From a business perspective, it’s not a good look for your clientele to spot drain flies; especially if you’re running a commercial kitchen, bar, or have a public used rest room. Drain flies in the bar area can also increase the risk of glass contamination leading to poor beverage presentation (a big no no).

How do I get rid of drain flies?

The ongoing maintenance of clean drains is the most effective way to rid your premises of drain flies, and to prevent them from returning, as it removes the larval food source. This include both sink and floor drains. It also has the added benefit of improving flow in slow drains.

The following is a simple two-step approach that can be applied twice a week:

1. Drain Treatment

Flush out the inside of drains and pipes with a fast-acting treatment designed to break down and digest organic materials such as proteins, starches and sugars.

We recommend ZymeCLING. As the name suggests, it clings to the inside of drains and pipes to continue working around the clock. It’s safe to use on all types of plumbing as it is non-pathogenic and non-caustic. It also helps to eliminate odours from drains.

When using ZymeCLING, or any other product, always follow the directions of use. Don’t forget to remove, or carefully protect, food products and packaging materials from the room prior to use.

2. Surface Cleaner

Rinse or wipe down all surfaces to prevent food contamination and/or a slip, trip or fall.

For kitchen drains and bar areas we recommend Bracton Rejuvenator. It removes mould and bacteria from the underside of the bar and beer pythons. Bracton Rejuvenator will also kill pungent odours.

For kitchen floors we recommend Clean All as the environmental choice. Whilst for bathroom surfaces, Blue Lazer is a popular choice as it rapidly removes soap scum and uric acid.

When using any of the above mentioned surface products, always follow the directions of use.

Follow this simple two-step approach on an ongoing basis and you’ll not only get rid of drain flies, but prevent them from returning.

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