If you're not familiar with moth flies, you can probably tell by their name that these flies have visual characteristics that make some people mistake them for moths. What you'll notice first is that moth flies are hairy, especially on the backs and around the edges of their wings. While all moths aren't furry-looking, there are enough hairy-looking moths to make you think that all insects with fur-like hairs are moths. Another moth-like characteristic they have is rounded wings. Once again, all moths don't have rounded wings, but there are many that do. If you see a small taupe-colored, furry-looking insect that is shaped like a heart, you're looking at a moth fly. If you have moth flies in your home, here are a few more things you should know about them.
What's in a name?
Moth flies go by more than one name, and all of their names can give you some insight into what you can expect from these insects. They may be called drain flies, filter flies, sink flies, or sewer flies. Do you see a pattern? Moth flies may look like a moth, but all those other names give you valuable information about where they live and breed. These flies are going to be found coming and going from drains.
Do moth flies present a threat?
These insects don't bite or sting but they can present a health threat to you and your family. This is because they breed in rotting organic material and gelatinous film. They can be found breeding in drains, sewage pipes, garbage cans, dumpsters, and other dirty locations. While the extent of the ability to spread harmful bacteria is still being studied, it is clear that they can and do spread bacterial species.
How do I keep moths flies out?
You can prevent a moth fly infestation like you would prevent most fly infestations. The screens on your doors and windows are your frontline defense against these insects. You can also resist them by doing a routine deep cleaning of your kitchen. These moths love kitchens and are able to establish themselves in several locations.
How do I get rid of moth flies?
It is easy to get rid of moth flies. You can swat them or you can suck them up with a vacuum cleaner. But keep in mind that this isn't going to stop your infestation. When moth flies emerge from hiding to mate with each other, they do this within a few short hours. By the time you swat them or suck them up, they've probably already laid more eggs. A moth fly spends most of its life as a larva, hidden in your drains (or some other dirty place you don't want to examine.)
How do I stop moth flies from infesting my home?
When these flies appear in your home, you'll need to find the breeding site and eliminate it, if possible. A helpful tip for finding breeding sites is to apply petroleum jelly to plastic cups and place them over your drains. If flies appear inside the cups, you've found the drain that has the breeding site. Keep in mind that these flies can reproduce in other locations, such as your kitchen trash. Remove your trash and clean your trash receptacle. Then, do a deep cleaning of your kitchen to get hidden areas where these flies could be reproducing. This can resolve your problem.
How Action Can Help
It can be difficult to figure out where moth flies are breeding. If they've found an ideal location, you can have these flies appearing over and over again, sometimes in large numbers. A moth fly can lay 30 to 100 eggs at a time. The best course of action is to contact Action. Our licensed pest control professionals use advanced integrated pest management methods to locate and eliminate drain flies and address breeding sites—even breeding sites that are difficult to treat.
If you live in Evansville and you're dealing with any pest control issues in your home, remember that the team at Action Pest Control is standing by to help you resolve those issues. Connect with us today and request a pest control inspection to get started. We're here to help.
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