They are harmless, do not bite, do not bite, but they bother! And it's no use closing your windows, because they don't come around.
Toilet flies (also known as filter flies or drain flies) live in drains, sewers, sumps and sewage-contaminated soil. They feed on all the organic matter that accumulates at these points.
Thus, they often appear more often in bathrooms and in the home kitchen. This means that they enter through the kitchen sink or the bathroom sink drain, for example.
Although they don't hurt, no one wants to see your house full of flies. The good news is that eliminating them is quite simple.
Bathroom flies cause nuisance
Identifying Where Flies Come From
Our luck is that these insects are not far from the place they chose to stay, because when they move away from their hiding place they are more vulnerable. Then use the flies themselves as a reference, ie a place with a large concentration of flies tends to be the most problematic.
Check all the drains in your home and see which ones have standing water. One of the first steps that can be taken to combat these insects is to blow-dry all drains before bed, as wind and heat reduce the moisture in the drains, making it difficult for flies to proliferate.
Another way to detect the problem is to tape a portion of the drain with the adhesive side facing down. Be careful not to cover the entire surface of the drain with tape as this is just a test, we need some flies to still be able to fly up for our reference. Watch for a few days, and if any flies get stuck to the adhesive, the location is problematic and requires further care.
How to eliminate flies
Of course, prevention is still the best measure, ie we should always keep the place very clean. However, if the flies have already appeared, it is recommended to do a heavier cleaning with bleach or chlorine-containing product in its formula, especially in places where the insect may develop, such as drains, crevices, ditches and anywhere else. moisture or water accumulate.
One place that can become good accommodation for these flies are the hair catchers and drain filters present in the pipes. Remove the drain plug and thoroughly clean the site with a flexible wire brush or wire, taking care not to leave any organic matter, thus preventing flies from laying their eggs.
If the organic matter is difficult to remove or if the drain is not used regularly, a good tip is to pour 4 to 8 liters of hot water to dampen the drain, which will make cleaning easier.
It is also advisable to keep floors, tiles and toilets with grouting current.
To ensure effective cleaning, we recommend:
- use a plunger cable inside the bathroom pipes.
- Pour at least 100 ml of toilet cleaning gel into the drain, both inside and on the edges of the drain (vinegar or baking soda may also be used).
- After cleaning for several hours, rinse with plenty of water and finish using a traditional plunger to remove any remaining dirt.
Once the focus of the problem, which is the housing of flies, is gone, we must eliminate the adult flies. For this, a manual fly killer or insecticide spray can be used, which besides killing the insects, also offers a local immunization for a certain period.