Cleaning enthusiasts ‘swear by’ 95p item to ‘eliminate’ drain flies
While there are insecticides to effectively remove drain flies, there are also natural ways to quickly remove these pests from homes – some of which are kitchen staples. However, it’s important to act fast when spotting drain flies. Despite their minute size, these creatures reproduce rapidly over a small period of time. while they don’t bite or feed on human blood, they are known to spread bacteria and other pathogens both on food and any surfaces.
Concerned about the flies in her friend’s home, Anne Andrews took to The Mrs Hinch Cleaning tips Facebook page, to ask for some advice on how they can be removed.
She wrote: “I have a friend who has a mini home. When she goes over by her sink she has been getting a lot of tiny flies that seem to be all around the air over the sink and stove area.
“She says she can’t even get her husband’s coffee/tea ready as the flies land on the rim of his mug.
“She has poured bleach down the sink drains but they are still around. This has been happening for about two or three months now. What could be causing them and what can she do to get rid of them? Thanks for any assistance you may be able to give her.”
Drain flies are attracted to stagnant, shallow water and organic debris and are most often found near their sources of food, such as sinks and showers, where bacteria can build up.
These pests are usually seen resting on the walls of bathrooms or hovering above sinks and drain holes. On rare occasions, households may also see the larvae of the insects.
Taking to the comments section, the majority of group members suggested that these pests are drain flies and can be removed by using apple cider vinegar.
Cathy Dwyer said: “If you put apple cider vinegar in a little cup and place cling film on it, stab top with tiny holes they will go in and die.”
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Hollie Walker wrote: “Jam jar with apple cider vinegar in it. Cling film top and slit small holes. Leave by sink. They will find their way in but won’t be able to get out. This will eventually eliminate them all.”
Jill Friend commented: “Tell her to put apple-cider vinegar (about three tablespoons) in a dish. Place it near the sink – they will try to eat it and should die in the dish.”
Sarah Conte said: “They must be drain flies. Use a cup of apple cider vinegar to lure them in. Once they go into the vinegar they will perish. I use this method for all flies, swear by it.”
Louise Stevens replied: “I just use apple cider vinegar in a container and leave where they fly. They go in and can’t get out.”
Jeannine Ross added: “Does she have a fruit bowl? Houseplants? They live and reproduce in drains and soil. Having a small jar with a piece of plastic wrap on top, with some holes poked on top, with some apple cider vinegar (or leftover wine) with a drop of dish soap, will attract them, and they will perish. It’s especially important in the spring garden months with fruits and veggies coming in from outside.”
For those who do not have apple cider vinegar readily available, it can be purchased for 95p at Asda, £1.05 at Tesco and for £1.50 at Sainsbury’s.
Jordan Foster, pest control expert at Fantastic Pest Control also agreed with using apple cider vinegar to naturally remove drain flies.
He said: “You can create an apple cider vinegar trap using a small dish covered in plastic wrap if you’re still seeing adult drain flies around. By poking holes in the plastic wrap, you will entice flies to enter, but they will not be able to escape.”
However, the expert argued that the “simplest way to eliminate drain flies” is to pour boiling water down the drain. He said: “Once or twice a week, boil a medium pot of water and pour it down and around the drain.”
Another natural method to get rid of these pests is to use a combination of baking soda and white vinegar.
Jordan said: “By combining these pantry items, you can create a natural cleaning solution. Add half a cup baking soda to one cup vinegar, and pour down the drain.
“Baking soda expands when it is combined with vinegar, and the mixture will effectively clean the drains and kill the eggs, larvae and any adult flies. Let the homemade cleaner sit overnight in the drain, then pour boiling water down in it in the morning.”
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