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flies/maggots in apartment.

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I cant find where these small flies are coming from in my apartment, we are clean and tidy and the trashcan is outside in the courtyard. I suspect its either the garbage disposal in the sink or the extractor in the laundry/pantry.

Anyone had this before?
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We had this happen one time, turns out a neighbor had passed away and nobody knew it for a month or two. We could not figure out why we had so many flies until we saw the fire department break her door down....:eek:
If you see flies, what kind? Fruit flies? Drain flies? (Google and see.) If you have drain flies, make sure there are no dry traps, including floor drains. Even if a trap isn't dry, sometimes they can thrive on the gooey pipe walls just under the strainer (eg. shower drain). If so, remove the strainer and give it a scrubbing with an over-sized bottle brush ("dollar" stores are helpful for find those cheaply.)
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My first thought as well. They show up quick with a dry trap.

Make sure your dishwasher drain line is installed right too.
(Google and see.) If you have drain flies, make sure there are no dry traps, including floor drains.
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Sometimes they are just tenacious and need spray. One of these will last you years probably. 1-2 shots per room a few times a day for a couple days and they will go away. Safe for use where food is prepared

http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....=34368452563&gclid=CJmi6Za0-r0CFZOCfgodTW0A4Q
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Ive never heard of drain flies, these flies look exactly the hatchlings we used to feed our frogs as kids. Anything I can run through the system to kill them or anything?
If you see flies, what kind? Fruit flies? Drain flies? (Google and see.) If you have drain flies, make sure there are no dry traps, including floor drains. Even if a trap isn't dry, sometimes they can thrive on the gooey pipe walls just under the strainer (eg. shower drain). If so, remove the strainer and give it a scrubbing with an over-sized bottle brush ("dollar" stores are helpful for find those cheaply.)
I actually havent seen the militant bulldykes nextdoor for a while, haha.
We had this happen one time, turns out a neighbor had passed away and nobody knew it for a month or two. We could not figure out why we had so many flies until we saw the fire department break her door down....:eek:
So apparently duct tape with airholes over the sink will catch them to see if its the drain theyre coming from.
Nah, just invert a bowl. When you flip it over, you'll see what you got. Use a light-colored one (ceramic, etc.).
So apparently duct tape with airholes over the sink will catch them to see if its the drain theyre coming from.
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I've used this stuff in the past. Works great!
Sometimes they are just tenacious and need spray. One of these will last you years probably. 1-2 shots per room a few times a day for a couple days and they will go away. Safe for use where food is prepared

http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....=34368452563&gclid=CJmi6Za0-r0CFZOCfgodTW0A4Q
Good idea, ill do this once we go out.
Nah, just invert a bowl. When you flip it over, you'll see what you got. Use a light-colored one (ceramic, etc.).
Bottle brush in the disposal is what I recommend. Also, you can dump ice down it and turn it on if it is one of the more powerful units and it will scrub the inside of it. Drano can help eat that stuff away in the drains. Ace hardware sells a $15 light trap you could put it in the outlet by the sink.
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