Drain gnats are about 1/4 inch long, they can be black or brown, and they have a fuzzy/hairy appearance resembling a tiny moth.
Their diet and breeding area is damp decaying organic matter, especially in garbage disposals and drains. Not being strong fliers, their flight is usually only a few feet at a time in their jerky characteristic way, so it’s normal for you to find them crawling on walls and other surfaces.
The best way to avoid and remove drain gnats is to clean, and keep your drains clear of organic matter. You can do this by simply pouring 1/2 cup of bleach and 1/2 cup of hot water down each drain of your home, and cover them tightly overnight. Use your drains as normal during the day, then repeat this process every night for one week. The bleach will clean the drains of organic matter, eliminating their food source and breeding grounds. Use this treatment once a night every month or so to keep your drains clean and gnat free.
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Fungus gnats are very small, about 1/8 inch long, similar to a very small mosquito and are usually dark in color with a unique Y shape pattern on their wings. They do not bite, and are not a health hazard to humans, however; they cause damage to plants, and become a nuisance as they fly around your home.
Over-watering that causes a fungus build up on, or in, the soil of plants and is the organic matter that attracts the gnats. Making sure not to over water and/or drying out the soil will help rid you and your plants of fungus gnats. It may be helpful to put about half an inch of sterile sand or indoor mulch on top of the soil around the plant. This way, the fungus gnats can’t get into the soil and the larvae can not get out. In some cases, you may need to re-pot your plants.
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Fruit flies are primarily a nuisance pest in homes, restaurants or supermarkets, but they do have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.
The adults are about 1/8 inch long. The front part of their bodies are tan, the rear parts are black, and the they have red eyes.
The best way to avoid an infestation is to eliminate the source. They are attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables, but are able to breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and wash rags. An infestations may come from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were infested before bringing them into your home, or come from outside through an open door or windows, or thru damaged screens. Left untreated the infestation can be dramatic, a fruit fly will lay about 500 eggs, and the time to become an adult from an egg is about one week. Once infested, all the breeding areas need to be located and removed. If not, the infestation will continue even with insecticide being used to control the adults.
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