Anyone else plagued by tiny flies around the house at the moment?
They are quite small, about the size of fruit flies, but I don't think
that is what they are. There is no discernable cause that I can see.
We are on the south coast.
Trying to work out what they might be and how to eradicate them.
Look back at this thread:
(Sorry for that rather long URL!)
In summary - drain flies. Cure - sort out drain problem. (The drain
problem was not obvious from either inside or outside the house. It
seemed to have been builders who had dropped rubble down the stack vent
Post if you need any more details.
Mine are slightly larger than fruit flies ( which would correspond to
the size of a 0, say - the ones I have are more like smaller
Never seen them before this winter - I seem to find about half a dozen
flying around the house on any given day.
Stephen Howard - Woodwind repairs & period restorations
You might have the same problem as me - cluster flies. They live in
the loft (in clusters) where they overwinter. Can't do anything about
them until Bertie (a rather chubby long-eared bat) moves out in the
spring. He's overwintering in the loft too!
Thanks for all the comments/suggestions.
I suspect they are drain flies myself, although i haven't found a
decent picture of one for comparison yet.
We do have a small kitchen 'slops' bin which goes out to the composter
at the bottom of the garden regularly (daily at least). We've recently
taken to covering it over, but I've seen no evidence that the flies
are coming from/congregating there. We also have a few house plants
nearby; I'm isolating those.
We're having a 'deep clean' at the weekend and I'll be checking the
drains shortly; lets see if any of that helps.
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