LESLIE: Fiona in New York, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
FIONA: Yes, hi. I purchased a house about 12 years ago and about 2.5, 3 years ago I noticed every spring – and when this started I didn’t think it was a big deal – I started having what I later found out to be drain flies. Now I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on products via the internet. I’ve had every exterminator you could possibly imagine in here. I had a sewer guy come in and put a video cam into the piping (Tom and Leslie chuckle), trying to get – because they actually can see them.
FIONA: Trying to figure it out. Now my problem is I’ve also been told if there is a leak – which the guy with the video cam did not see …
FIONA: … because that’s what they check for – they said that I would have to tear up the floors. Now, I’ve redone this house from top to bottom over the past 12 years. I (inaudible at 0:11:50.1).
LESLIE: And you’re like, “This is all stuff I would have liked to know.”
TOM: There’s a website that we’ve recommended before that we’ve gotten good success with – it’s called Do-It-Yourself Pest Control – and they have a product called Invade Bio Foam. And it’s used a lot in commercial establishments. It’s a concentrated liquid with a foaming agent that helps it get in all the places it has to go.
LESLIE: Because what’s happening is you have organic debris and the flies are breeding in it and feeding on it and you need to get rid of that debris that sits in your pipes. And if you can get rid of that debris that’s their food source and their breeding source, then they’ll go away.
TOM: You know, there’s another good website that you might want to take a look at and it’s the National Pest Management Association has a website called PestWorld.org. And on Pest World, you can actually contact one of their association experts and get a response. It’s a good group. They have an ask-the-pro section of it.
FIONA: OK. I’m going to try all of this. I’m desperate at this point.
LESLIE: Well, good luck.
TOM: Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.