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How To Make Bar And Drain Flies Buzz Off — And Stay Gone

Having A Drain Flies Problem?

Drain flies are a scary thing. The all-too-common drain fly (otherwise known as the Psychodidae) and the fruit fly (or the drosophila melanogaster) can be an occasional nuisance or a major liability. Having flies buzzing around your drains in the home is never a welcome quality, but they’re even more aggravating in a business setting — a cloud of insects circling around fountain lines, beer taps, or in the bathroom might turn customers off in a major way and start eating into your profits.

Drain flies live and lay eggs in decomposing organic matter that sometimes accumulates in sinks, basins, toilets, and so forth, and hang out in moist areas nearby (you’ll notice that they’re most active at night). Both drain and barflies go through breeding and life cycles extremely quickly (we’re talking a matter of days and weeks), so trying to kill the adults you see via swatter or fly traps will only temporarily alleviate the problem.

Plus, you can’t use pesticides or toxins in a restaurant or bar due to concerns over cross-contamination. You’ve got to go right to the source and remove the conditions they find so appealing if you want them to buzz off.

How To Deal With Them

Before dealing with these guests, figure out which drains they’re coming from. One trick to this is placing a strip of clear Scotch tape across the drain overnight. If you see some flies caught in the tape, you know they’re travelling in and out of that particular drain. Once discovered, you can take measures to thoroughly clean it out by removing all organic materials: that means cleaning the hair catcher, using a metal pipe brush and a plumbing snake, following up with a cleaner and a thorough plunging.

For bars and restaurants, get rid of customer-disturbing barflies by keeping your taps and lines clean, scrubbing surfaces and hard-to-reach places with a mixture of water, vinegar, and baking soda, by keeping drains covered at night, and cleaning drains as described above. Flies thrive in moist conditions where sugary, organic materials are left behind, behind a bar, in a kitchen, and in washrooms. That means extra diligence on your part in keeping things clean and tidy!

Having a cleaning regimen in place won’t immediately zap every last fly in your establishment, but it will mean that they’ll slowly disappear or find more suitable locations to breed and hang out.

Our Drain Flies Eliminator!

Our team depends on Drain Blast™—Drain Fly Eliminator to eliminate the areas where drain flies and bar flies live and breed. Using a powerful but all-natural combination of bacteria, citric acid, fumaric acid, and sodium bicarbonate, Drain Blast™ degrades the left-over organic material in drains, cracks, crevices, urinals, taps, and fountain lines without damaging your plumbing or leaving behind harmful chemical residues, toxins, pesticides, or poisons.

That means it’s safe for the food and beverage industry as well as for any home. It’ll also kill any foul odours, leaving your bathroom, kitchen, restroom, or bar smelling fresh and clean.

If dealing with pesky airborne intruders has you at your wits’ end, or nothing else seems to keep them away, let’s get together! When it comes to flies, our plumbing experts have seen it all. We’ll get to the bottom of every drainage problem for both residential and commercial dwellings and have your home or business insect-free faster than you can say, Psychodidae!

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