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How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Sink Drain | Mr. Rooter Houston

The hot summer weather is here, along with a plethora of delicious fresh produce. Unfortunately, that also means pest season is in full swing. Little bugs find their way into our homes on our groceries, through the pipes, and even on us! Texas summers are known for their heat – so these pests are often finding their way into the cool of your home. The worst of them can reproduce incredibly quickly, creating quite a problem.

If you’ve ever experienced a bug infestation, you know how annoying it can be and how hard it is to control. But, did you know they can hide in your sink? Bugs spread germs and decay on our fresh fruits and vegetables and can leave pathogens and contaminants on all surfaces in the area. Even in the cleanest of kitchens, bugs can still pose a problem, often congregating in kitchen drains or even in bathroom drains.

Sink drains provide a perfectly moist home for fruit flies, full of food scraps and other organic matter for them to feast on. If you see bugs like fruit flies or other flying insects coming from your sink drains, you may need to call a plumber. Before you do, try making sure any compost you may keep is sealed well, you run your garbage disposal regularly, and use a disinfectant spray on countertops to discourage pests from entering your kitchen or bathroom. Also, a bit of baking soda and vinegar down the drain can do a lot to get rid of pests.

If you’ve tried all of these tips and still seem to have a bug problem in your sink, it could indicate an issue with the p-trap or drain line. These issues are best handled by a plumbing pro. Contact the professionals at Mr. Rooter in Houston for help with any of your plumbing issues.

Sources:

https://www.rotorooter.com/frequently-asked-questions/drains/how-to-get-rid-of-drain-flies/

https://www.countryliving.com/home-maintenance/cleaning/a27284947/how-to-get-rid-of-fruit-flies/

https://www.foodqualityandsafety.com/article/study-fruit-flies-can-spread-foodborne-pathogens/