Phorid Flies Taking Over Your Kitchen Sink Drain? Try These Helpful Tips

If the kitchen sink drain is full of phorid flies and their larvae, you may wonder how you can get rid of them without damaging your plumbing. Phorid flies, also known as humpbacked flies because of their humped thoraxes, are dangerous types of filth flies that carry contaminants from the things they eat, including rotting food and dead animals. If the pests crawl over your food, toothbrushes and other items you put in your mouth, you may become ill. You can get rid of the flies and protect your plumbing with these helpful tips below.

Gather Your Supplies

Humpbacked flies can live in any place that has rotting or decaying organic matter, including your sink drains. Any food particles, grease and fat that travel down your drain can become food and nesting sites for the pests. The items can form a thick film along the sides of the drain over time and attract bacteria and other pathogens. Once phorid flies come into contact with the pathogens, they consume them.

Like other types of filth flies, humpbacked flies regurgitate on the surfaces they land on, including your food. To protect your family from illness, you want to use cleaning supplies that not only clean out your kitchen sink drain but destroy pathogens as well.

White vinegar is one treatment you can use to do the job. The acids in vinegar is thought to kill bacteria and other organisms by changing their chemical makeup. The next supply you need is a sturdy plunger and large towels. Once you have everything you need, it's time to get started.

Clean Your Sink Drain

To avoid getting contaminated water on your utensils, plates and other items, remove everything from the sink's counters. Cover the flooring around the sink with the towels. You can also place towels on the counters if you wish. 

Now, follow these steps:

  1. Turn the hot water tap on and leave it running for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn off the hot water tap and pour 2 cups of vinegar down the drain. Wait at least 10 minutes for the vinegar's acids to work.
  3. Place the cup of your plunger over the drain and work it for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Turn on the hot water tap to help sanitize the drain and plumbing pipe. If the drain smells bad, pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain to get rid of the odor.

If you wish to do so, you can also use the steps above to clean the rest of your home's drains. It may take a few days or so before the flies die or leave your home. The time may vary, so it's a good idea that you monitor your home closely to see if the flies go away.

If you still have a phorid fly problem after the time mentioned above, contact a plumber, like Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, for additional help.