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Neighbors fight massive 'sewer fly' infestation

Time: 2015-09-12

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Loganville, GA (WGCL) —Some neighbors in Gwinnett County, Georgia are dealing with a pesky infestation of drain flies.

The flies, sometimes called "sewer flies," look a lot like fruit flies. They're basically little bugs that feast on the sludge inside pipelines and then crawl up into the sinks of unsuspecting homeowners.

"At first we thought it was fruit flies," explained Bev Renales. Her home is one of at least a dozen in Loganville's Fall Creek Landing subdivision that has become infested with the critters.

"The are gross. Very gross. Disgusting," said Renales. She and her husband have hired an exterminator to treat the bugs, but they keep coming back.

"We've tried everything: bleach, Drano, hot water and vinegar. You name it, we've tried it," said Renales.

Her neighbor, Nancy Gerber, has called the water and sewer department, but they told her there was nothing they could do to treat the lines.

"They wouldn't even send someone out to look," said Gerber. She's fed up with the bugs and begun trying to trap them in a homemade solution of water, cleaning chemicals, and maple syrup.

Gerber and Renales would really like the county to come out and flush the lines because they believe this is a real health hazard.

"That's what we're hoping for, that someone will come in and flush it out, clean it out completely," said Renales.

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