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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Drains

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Do you have fruit flies that seem to be living in your kitchen or bathroom drains? These flies are annoying and they can transfer bacteria from your drain to your food. Here’s what you need to know so you can get rid of them fast. 

Clean Your Drains

Start by cleaning out your drains. This destroys the food source for the flies. Run your garbage disposal in your kitchen until it is completely clear. You may even want to reach down inside your drain with a cloth to remove any gummed-up debris that may be stuck within easy reach.

You can also pour boiling water down your drain to loosen any rotting debris in the drain. Then, use a pipe brush to remove it or loosen it further. Follow up with more boiling water to wash everything away. 

Sanitize Your Drains

Next, sanitize your drains. Pour a half-gallon of water, then a half-gallon of vinegar down the affected drains. You may want to do this several times to make sure that you get your drains as sanitized as possible. This should kill off the fruit flies. 

Trap the Flies

You may need to trap any flies that were not in the drain. Heat 1.5 cups of apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of dish soap for 15-30 seconds, then set the bowl by the drain. It should attract the flies and kill them so they don’t bother you anymore.

Get Professional Drain Cleaning

If you believe that you have ongoing drain problems that might be causing your fruit fly issues, contact us at Rosenthal Plumbing for drain cleaning in Santa Cruz today. Our professional Santa Cruz plumbers can clear clogged drains that may be contributing to your fruit fly problem or just a nuisance to your daily life. Give us a call or schedule services online today for any Santa Cruz plumbing issues you may be experiencing.

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