The personell: me, my partner, and our parakeet pal Oliver. Oliver’s a budgie, perhaps the cutest and coolest and prettiest little melopsittacus undulatus on the West Coast – can you tell we really really like him?
The place: a smallish apartment in a large city in Northern California. Two rooms, bath, mini kitchen. While the place isn’t immaculate, it’s no hovel or hog pen, either – I tidy up (vac the carpet, wash dishes, and like that --the usual homely housekeeping routine) regularly. The apartment building is circa mid-1920s, with old plumbing.
The problem: we’ve been invaded by sink flies – little gnat- or midge- or fruitfly-sized buggers who don’t bite, but do hang in clouds in the middle of rooms and swarm on the walls and kitchen surfaces and get on your face and just generally be very obnoxious. These definitely aren’t fruitflies, we keep our fresh produce well wrapped or sealed up in plasticware; and it’s not an issue of uncleanliness on our part – my housekeeping is not slovenly to the point of fostering fly swarms. They seem to originate from either the bathtub or one of the sinks. When we had a bit of a problem with these same bugs several months ago, I dealt with it by hanging sticky strips from the ceiling and treating the drains with a half bottle each of liquid Drano every three days for a couple of weeks. At the time, it seemed to drastically reduce the sink fly population.
But now they’re back in droves. If it weren’t for Oliver I’d be strafing the joint with Raid, they’re so bad at this point.
Which brings me to the question I want to bring before the assembled SDMB because 1: there seem to be a lot of savvy and knowledgeable folks on here and 2: the Dope Board is the closest thing to a Brain Trust I have easily available.
What kind of bird-safe strategies are there that deal effectively with this pestilence? “Bird-safe” as in WILL NOT HARM OUR LITTLE BUDDY OLIVER, which eliminates Raid or a fog-bomb or No-Pest strip, as birds are much more sensitive to airborne toxins than the rest of us and using that kind of product could kill him. Effective as in ERADICATING THE DAMNED SINK FLIES FROM OUR RESIDENCE. Should I resume the intensive Drano-treatment? Or what? There’re way too many of them for a literal hands-on approach (as in getting a swatter) to discourage them. HELP! :eek:
I’m sorry to, errr, bug you folks with this ( ), but we’re at wit’s end with these uninvited invertebrates infesting our pad. Any good advice from bug-and-bird-wise Dopers will be sincerely attempted and appreciated.