Do drain flies bite?
Question: The past two apartments I’ve lived in (found out the hard way) had bugs (fleas and drain flies, according to Orkin).
I have two questions:
1. My first apartment had fleas—I got rid of everything I own that Orkin told me they would attach to.
My question: will the fleas reproduce in my appliances, such as my computer? I kept the boxes the computer came in, was that a poor choice?
2. My second apartment was located behind an untreated pond. Orkin said I had drain flies. To my understanding, correct me if I’m wrong, drain flies don’t bite? Ever since I’ve moved into my third apartment, I still itch (not as bad as before). I find these small, black, fuzzy things (look like black specs) when I wash off in the shower. They irritate my skin when they bite. Could the fleas have followed me?
Yes, the fleas could have ”followed you” (in a sense, they would have been in some of your belongings).
No, drain flies do not bite. Get more information on controlling drain flies.
If you have pets, first treat them.
Pet: Wash or discard all of their bedding. Also, purchase any of the flea control products available for sale and apply to them.
House: Vacuum, vacuum and vacuum. This pulls eggs and fleas in other stages of their life cycle from the carpet and will help once treatment is applied. Even after done, continue to vacuum the carpet regularly.
If you need a service for drain flies, as they are a small filth fly, contact your local Orkin Branch office to set up service.
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