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Drain Pests

If you have read our post “Keeping the plumbing pests away” then you know that it is important to take care of any plumbing leaks found on your property. Even the smallest drip could potentially attract roaches & rodents. However, what if you encounter little flies flying around your drains in the kitchen, bathroom, basement etc., but there is no leak in site?


Well you may have come across a drain/sewer fly. They are about 1/8 inch in size and are usually brown or black. These flies are in no way harmless, but can be a nuisance, especially when the population begins to grow within your home. Drain flies typically breed in drains, septic tanks, sewers and sewage contaminated soil; and are attracted to water, moisture, bacteria and wastes. In this case, it is important to still keep a look out for any leaks/moisture and also take preventative care/maintenance of your drain lines (including weekly sink/tub cleanings, or yearly snaking/hydro-jetting)

Here are a two extra tips that can help get rid of these pests:

1)Once a week pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and flush with boiling water.

2)Fill a glass bowl 1/2 way with apple cider vinegar.Then cover the top with plastic wrap and poke a few holes along the top. This will attract the flies into entering bowl but not escaping.


Don’t let these pests get in the way. Contact Empire Water Main & Sewer 718-715-4862 for a drain cleaning and preventative maintenance!! We service all 5 boroughs!!

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