When you notice that you have some little black flies flying around your bathroom, you may try to get rid of them. You may bring out the bug spray and get rid of them for a little while. But, they may come back. If they keep coming back, no matter what you try, you may have drain flies.
Drain flies are little black or brown flies. If you swat them, you may notice that they leave a smudge that looks like it's powdery. That's because their bodies and wings are hairy. You may confuse them for fruit flies since they both tend to like to hang around your sinks. However, if you are seeing more of them in your bathroom than in your kitchen, or they seem to be coming from your toilet as well, it is more likely to be drain flies. If you still aren't sure what kind of bug is flying around, look for any possible place that any flies could be breeding, such as some fruit or vegetables that may be going past its prime. Also, look around your sink to see if there are any puddles that may be a good breeding place too. If there is nowhere else you are seeing any flies except around the drains in your bathroom, then you probably have drain flies.
How to Get Rid of Drain Flies
Drain flies are attracted to dirty drains and pipes. No matter how clean you keep your house, the pipes are going to get dirty. That's because material builds up on the sides of the pipes. As that buildup starts to accrete on your pipes, it gathers more stuff to it, just because the pipes are more clogged and there is less room for anything to get through. The drains and pipes are also always damp. Those two things combine to make an ideal breeding ground for drain flies.
The easiest way to get rid of the drain flies is to clean out your pipes. You can do that by using a chemical drain cleaning product. If you don't want to do that, you can also try to clean the pipes yourself. You can do that by running a lot of hot water down the pipes to try to loosen stuff up. You can also pour some baking soda down the drain and then pour vinegar down, put a plate on the drain, and let the chemical reaction do its work. The problem with this is that it won't really get too far down. To get the pipes really clean, you are going to have to get a brush that you can run down the pipes and you are going to have to remove the drain's U-bend to clean that out as well. If this all sounds like more than you want to do, you can always call a plumber and have them clean it for you.
Drain flies are an annoyance that you don't have to put up with. You can get your drains cleaned and get rid of them. To learn more, contact a company like Clearwater Plumbing.