Hello to All,
Have been in our current house for a little over 4 yrs and just in about the last 2 months, these little "flies" have been coming out of the jacuzzi..we do not use it but 6-8 times per year.
I filled it up with hot water and ammonia and then ran the jets for about 15 minutes and drained...they came back....I have also closed the drain as well, no help. any thoughts for suggestions?
any place where there is stagnant water will host the little "darlings." use that tub every day, you'll cut the infestation way down. plus, you'll feel better and sleep more soundly.
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your problem is the trap water is evaperating
pour a 1/2 gallon water. in it 1x a week
your fixtures are protected by a p-trap
it is a water seal that keeps the poo poo smell out of the house. and critters out
if you dont use a fixture often, water evaperates
and flies come to the party. you will also start smelling sewer gas
frodoThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
Try putting baking soda on the drain, followed by a white vinegar wash. The mixture will bubble and fizz, then dissolve. Follow this by hot water. I've used this to kill drain flies, although they sometimes appear 3 - 4 months later. You might think of this concotion as regular maintenance rather than an isolated occurrence.
I've found several different "recipes" with different ratios of baking soda to vinegar. I've found that the typical 1:1/2 baking soda:vinegar ratio uses more than is necessary to generate the chemical reaction that causes the fizzing and action in the drain. So I just use enough baking soda to surround the drain and cover the opening. I usually use a few quarts of boiling hot water for a bathroom sink, more for a bathtub drain.
Sometimes it's necessary to do this every 2 - 3 months. Some women I know clean their drains every week not only to keep them clean but to keep down the fly population. For them it's just routine maintenance.
I've also discovered that hot water alone will not kill the larvae. They have a tolerance to it and simply end up in the sink, wiggling around in the hot water. The larvae are black and about 1/4" long and squirm with more or less side to side movements.
Many thanks to the folks on this forum for your help and the time you take to submit your experience.
My wife, my daughters and I all appreciate your feedback. This is some good information and we will implement this weekend.
After running the jacuzzi full twice last/this week, with all hot water and ammonia in one and bleach [weak concentrations] in the other, those little %%$%$$#*'s came back.
So, I have taped-off all of the potential conduits for the flies: Over-Flow Drain, bottom drain and all six jets, in progressive order. What I found out is that when I taped off all of the jets, they stopped appearing. I am going to get the manufacturers design of the water flow and see how to best attack this.
Again, thank you very much,
a j-cussie is a closed piping system
meaning, that inless it is piped COMPLETLY wrong
no bugs or critters can get inside the piping from outdoors. the pipes run from one head thru a pump to another head.
ur bugs are coming in from somewhere else
on the j-cusie, there is an overflow, above the drain
it is atached to the drain system, ck it, on the bottom of the overflow is a opening, the little buggers may be coming in thereThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
It may be that they're living in the jacuzzi pipes because of the nominal use, presumably allowing the "gelatinous" stuff inside to accumulate and providing an accommodating living site.
If they can't get in from outside, then they must be entering through interior plumbing fixtures. I've found the kitchen and bathroom sink drains to be most susceptible. Tex, you might watch these drains after closing off the jacuzzi drains.
I don't know if they just die if the environment becomes inhospitable or if they migrate elsewhere.
the only way a bug can get into your house is thru the ptrap. if the trap is full of water, he cant get in
but...if you do not use your tub, the trap water can evaperate. and the door is open to bugs
pour water into the tub, once a week. about a gallon
or better yet USE IT!
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