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Why Are There Fruit Flies In My Drain?

February 28, 2023 | Blog

Pests, such as fruit flies, are an annoyance to any homeowner that has to deal with them. Have you ever wondered what attracts these tiny pests? Keep reading to find out why fruit flies may appear in your Edmond kitchen and how to get rid of them!

When you find yourself stuck with fruit flies, rely on Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect for expert garbage disposal replacement and drain cleaning services! Our professional Edmond plumbers will also provide you with knowledge on why fruit flies come around and how to prevent them!

What Are Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are tiny pests that travel in groups and come around when there is ripened or decaying food inside a kitchen. They’re a tan and brown color with red eyes. Their winged bodies are around 3 to 4 millimeters long and they have six legs!

These pests feed off rotting or decaying food that is exposed and they’re attracted to mostly sweet scents. This means that if any old fruit is laying out on your counter, the bugs will travel to that area of your home and infest it because they thrive near rotten foods.

Why Are Fruit Flies In Your Drain?

As mentioned above, fruit flies are attracted to any decaying or left-out food that is sweet. When you clean your dishes, food moves from the plate into the drain, which creates a build-up of food on the drain walls.

Flies are attracted to the collected food on the insides of the drains because they can lay their eggs there, causing them to multiply fast. A female can lay up to 100 eggs in a day and they hatch less than 24 hours later! That’s why it’s important to frequently use your garbage disposal, clean your drains and keep food out of the sink.

How To Prevent Fruit Flies

Preventing fruit flies inside your home is important. Getting rid of them is tricky because of how fast they multiply, but these are some ways to work on getting them out of your kitchen and drain:

  • Use your garbage disposal frequently
  • Don’t leave food in the drain
  • Store your fruit properly
  • Keep your kitchen counter clean
  • Clean your drains regularly

Doing your part to keep these insects away is beneficial for your home. Frequently using your garbage disposal helps keep your drain clean and storing your fruit keeps flies from being attracted to anything over a few days old!

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

Prevention is always the best course of action, but what if it’s too late? If your home has already been invaded by insects, don’t worry! Although it requires patience and determination, there are ways to get rid of them.

Deter fruit flies that are in your drain by:

  • Cleaning your drain using a drain brush
  • Pouring hot water down your drain
  • Sprinkling baking soda into your drain, then pouring vinegar down it

Doing these tasks on a regular basis will help fight off these little tiny pests and keep your kitchen a fly-free zone!

Rely On Edmond Plumbers For Professional Help!

If you need to eliminate or prevent fruit flies with a drain cleaning or garbage disposal replacement, Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect is here for you. Schedule an appointment with us today and explore your options! One of our qualified plumbers will happily assist you with your fruit fly infestation, making your home a place of relaxation again. Be sure to reach out to us today for squeaky-clean drains!

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