Tiny flies are invading my kitchen. How do I get rid of them?

Tiny flies are invading my kitchen. How do I get rid of them?

 

Not only are small flies in the kitchen annoying and gross, but they also may spread bacteria that make you sick.  

To eliminate the flies, you must find where they are breeding and laying eggs, which is usually in decaying material. This is easier to find if you know the species of small fly causing the problem.

Fruit flies prefer the early stage of decay, such as over-ripe bananas, rotting onions or liquid fermenting in the recycling bin. They have black or red eyes.

Drain or moth flies breed in the mucky film that collects in drains and disposals. They have a fuzzy appearance.

Phorid flies prefer advanced decay: dead animal carcasses, waste leaking from broken sewer lines, the sludge in drains and garbage bins. They skip before taking flight.

Fungus gnats are drawn to rotting organic material in the soil of overwatered house plants. They have long wings and spindly legs.

(Not one of these? You might have a pantry moth problem.)

 

There are specific ways to control each small fly species, say Pest HQ experts, but in general:

 

 

Questions? Contact Pest HQ.

 

Sources for reference

How to get rid of small flies:

https://pesthq.ca/blogs/flies-1/how-to-get-rid-of-small-flies?_pos=1&_sid=4f2553732&_ss=r

Pathogens:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0362028X22084745

Glue boards:

https://pesthq.ca/search?q=fly+glue+traps&options%5Bprefix%5D=last&type=product

Fruit fly traps:

https://pesthq.ca/collections/fruit-flies/products/natural-catch-fruit-fly-trap

Flying insect traps:

https://pesthq.ca/search?q=flying+insect+traps&type=product

Fly lights:

https://pesthq.ca/collections/flies?filter.p.product_type=Fly+Lights

Drain cleaners:

https://pesthq.ca/search?q=cleaner&options%5Bprefix%5D=last

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