Drain Fly

Drain Fly Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name:Family Psychodidae

Appearance

About 1/16-inch long with a light gray or tan body and lighter-colored wings. The body and the wings are covered with long hairs, giving the fly a fuzzy appearance. When at rest, the wings are folded over the body in a characteristic roof-like manner.

Habit

In homes, adults are found on bathroom, kitchen or basement walls. More active at night, do not bite and, surprisingly, do not transmit human diseases.

Diet

Organic matter and sewage.

Reproduction

Eggs are laid in irregular masses almost anywhere decomposing organic materials are found. Under favorable conditions, the flies can go through one generation in as little as one week. Two to three weeks is more typical.