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Shpigford 06-24-2008 01:17 PM

Small flea-sized bugs coming out of our pipes?
So this is just odd. But in the past week or so, we'll occasionally find little flea-sized bugs coming out of our sink and toilet (from under the rim) just on the first floor.

I have no idea what these bugs are but they can fly and are extremely small. We'll usually see them in bunches of maybe 20 or so.

Any ideas A) what on earth they are and B) what could be the cause and C) how do we get rid of them?

DIYtestdummy 07-09-2008 11:25 AM

Drain flies. There's other names I've heard them called, but I'd have to be an entomologist to be sure.

Clean your drains. It might help to use different soap that breaks down easier. Don't pour grease down the drains either.

Liquid Plumber gel helps, but it may eat your pipes. I was renting an apartment and I had to put duct tape over the overflow hole in the bathroom sink. The landlady finally got a plumber in there to snake/root the drains, and I replaced the exposed P-trap myself when he was gone. No more bugs until the bottom of the sink rotted out. Sink was replaced 2 months later (yeah, priorities) and I moved shortly after.

Shpigford 07-09-2008 11:29 AM

So you think even though our home is only about 8 months old that the drains could already have these things? Or does age not really matter?

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