Controlling violet flies
Sewer fly control is best left to a professional. Although sewer flies (also known as toilet moth clogmia) almost always cause a nuisance, they play a useful role by speeding up the decomposition of organic material. Shit flies live off stools and dead animals and in these places they can also be found and lay their eggs. There are numerous species of flies, including the sewer fly. The name says it all, these tiny flies are mainly found in the sewers. At home you can also have a lot of trouble if you have problems with your sewer or drainage pipes. You will find them mainly around the toilet, the shower drain and the sink drain. Because these flies live off sewer fungi, they can easily spread harmful bacteria. It is therefore necessary to control sewer flies.
Nuisance from violet flies? These are the most important symptoms:
The sewerflies, also called moth mosquitoes are very small, from about 1 to 5 millimetres and seem innocent due to their small size. Yet they are not, because their favourite spot is the sewer where they feed on organic waste, the sewer fungi. When they come out of the sewer and come through the sink in your house, for example, they can take these sewer fungi with them. The sewerflies will not sting or bite people themselves, but they do take harmful sewer bacteria with them. This can be harmful to your health, especially with large numbers of sewerflies. Self fighting sewerflies does not happen overnight and takes time. If you suffer a lot from these sewerflies, it is advisable to hire a pest controller. He or she will be able to control the sewerflies in the right way.
Where do sewerflies come from?
Sewerflies are found all over the world and it is therefore impossible to identify a particular location where they originate. Sewerflies feel at home in sewers and pipes where they feed on organic material. The sewer flies lay their eggs in the silt layer of the sewer. When the eggs hatch, the newly hatched sewerflies can quickly move around the house. Sewers are normally cool and dark and this is excellent for the sewer flies to survive. It is therefore not the case, unlike houseflies, that you only encounter them when the weather is warm. It is precisely when it is cooler in the house that you run the risk of them spreading further into the house. In large numbers of sewerflies, it is therefore absolutely necessary to control sewerflies in order to prevent sewage bacteria from entering your home further.
What should you especially not do?
Above all, what you should not do is let things run their course. It is always possible to come across a sewer fly, but if you have a lot of sewer flies, this can be a sign that something is wrong with your sewer or pipes. It is then important to find out what is wrong. You can, of course, use an anti-fly agent to remove the sewer flies in your home, but it does not make much sense, because there are probably many more sewer flies in your pipes. Controlling sewerflies therefore does not start with controlling sewerflies that only occur around your drains, but much deeper into the sewer.
What can you do?
Controlling sewer flies is therefore not a question of tackling the flies themselves, but of investigating cracks or leaks in your sewers or drains. This is the problem of sewer flies in your home. It is therefore wise to call in an expert on sewers and look for the leak or blockage. Only when this is solved will the problem of sewer flies be solved as well.
How can you prevent sewer flies?
Preventing sewerflies from getting into your sewers is virtually impossible. However, it is possible to keep them out of your house. So if you have a blockage or you are aware of a leak at a pipe or sewer, you should deal with it as soon as possible. If you still have an older home where the sewer is connected to a septic tank, it is important to empty it regularly and on time. The septic tank will be an important source for sewer flies. If you empty and clean it annually, the nuisance of sewer flies will be kept to a minimum.
Combat sewerflies? Follow these 5 tips:
- Regularly check your sewers and drainage pipes for leaks. If at any time you experience a lot of nuisance from sewer flies, this is a sign that something is going on. Do not ignore this.
- Allow your septic tank to be emptied and cleaned annually.
- Prevent pipes from becoming clogged by not flushing material through your pipes that can cause clogging.
- Do not leave any organic material open and naked in your home. This attracts not only sewage flies, but also other species of flies and vermin
- In the event of a major nuisance, it is best to call in a professional pest controller who can expertly control sewer flies.
See what a sewer mosquito looks like below. Do you have it in your house? Then it is time to turn on the animal control.