True Tales: How Flies Can Invade a Clean House

A few days ago, we received a phone call from a concerned customer. She was very upset and disturbed that she had a fly infestation in her home.

“I clean all of the time,” she said! I’m not trying to sound proud, but I keep a very clean house! I don’t understand why I have flies in my bathroom.”

We suggested a One Time Pest Control service to remedy the problem. The customer doesn’t typically have issues with pests, so it didn’t seem necessary to do Quarterly Pest Control service. However, she had an emergency and needed something right away.

“Please send someone who knows a lot about pests. Send someone who can identify what’s going on inside my house.”

Fortunately, all of our technicians are trained in pest identification. It didn’t matter which technician we sent to the customer’s home, because every technician would do their best to remedy the issue.

As much as possible, we try to keep our technicians in a designated area to help conserve gas. We sent a technician who happened to be in the neighborhood.

After the appointment, the technician called into the office to explain what happened.

“There were flies pouring out of the drain in the bathroom upstairs! I’ve never seen anything like that before. She had drain flies because she doesn’t ever go upstairs and use that bathroom.”

And then a teaching moment ensued. 🙂

“People need to make sure to run water down all of their drains occasionally, especially in bathrooms that are rarely used. If water isn’t flushed down the drains occasionally, it’s easier for flies to harbor there.”

This particular customer is elderly and doesn’t go upstairs very often. Therefore, her bathroom upstairs is rarely used. It may be clean and spotless, but if the drain lies dormant, it can still lead to problems.

“We boiled some water and poured it down the drain,” commented the technician. “And I gave her suggestions on what else she can do to get rid of the flies.”

Do you have a perplexing pest problem? Let us know! We’ll send a pest expert out to your home to remedy the problem. Call us at 615.217.7284 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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