5 Disturbing Facts About Flies You MUST Know In 2019!
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Irritating Facts About Flies
Health is wealth. It is a substantial phenomenon that guarantees global growth and development. Being healthy starts with good personal hygiene and a clean environment. However, several hindering factors have contributed to a decline in healthy environments, one of which is the common housefly.
This is true because flies are synonymous with dirt and unsanitary environments. They are usually seen as burdensome and that is for a good reason. The scariest of animals will not be able to prevent being bitten or annoyed by these pesky insects. Just the irritating sounds they make is enough to develop contempt for flies in general.
It is embarrassing that almost any creature will be disturbed by the flies, but what is even scarier is the fact that flies (about 120,000 species of them) are doing just fine and are not in any danger or form of extinction. They still look strong even in the face of terrible insecticide; they remain unfazed and are undaunted by almost any destructive methods humans put in place to eradicate them.
Since it is safe to say that flies are not going anywhere soon, we should get to know more about them, as it will equip people with adequate information to counter their acts and avoid unhealthy consequences caused by flies. Here are irritating facts about flies you should never forget.
1. Flies Spread Diseases!
Many people think flies bite from our food when they perch on it. As gross as that thought may be, it is unfortunately not the case since flies do not have a complex digestive system like ours. Instead what they do is vomit their stomach enzymes on the food as soon as they land on it. This helps for the fly to break up the food so they can to sip it through with their proboscis.
Many of these flies will even lay their eggs on the food they are feeding on. Hence if you are already bothered about the fact that you have to feed on the acid from the flies stomach, then relax a bit, that's just a little of a problem. Why don't you consider ingesting thousands of eggs from a fly? In addition to their disgusting habit of landing on your food, the hairs on the legs of the flies can be used to spread highly dangerous bacterial diseases like cholera or E.coli.
All these processes of contamination usually take a split second. Hence there is no way of avoiding it once a fly perches on your food. Enjoy the meal!
The lifespan of a fly usually last for up to 30 days. In my opinion, the most likable trait about the fly is that they do not live very long at all.
In this short lifespan, they can lay up to 500 eggs. These eggs are laid in batches of 70 to 150; So be aware that even though they have a short lifespan, they can still begin an infestation with every new generation that is created.
3. Maggot Infestation
Several breeds of flies can actually deposit maggots inside of you. They prefer people with an open wound since it is easier to reach. So if you are generally not hygienic in person, just know that you are a preferable candidate.
However, few types of flies can have maggots in unbroken skins. The breed of flies that do this are the screw flies and the botflies. Do not be too alarmed since this is very unlikely for this to happen.
4. Tasting With Their Feet
Unlike humans, flies do not have a traditional set of taste buds, but yet they still have a preference for what they want to land on and eat. You may be wondering exactly how do flies taste the difference between the different surfaces they land on? Well…
Flies actually taste with their feet! They have a ton of tiny receptors all over their legs and feet that help them taste and decide if what that landed on is a good enough subject for them to vomit their stomach acid and liquefy its surface to make it edible for them. So if fly’s are constantly landing on you are even attempting to, that may be a sign of an unhealthy body and can become easily resolved by just a bit more cleaning in personal hygiene routine!
Here is a short video from the Pest Professor of PestWorld.org that helps further explain this process of how flies actually taste with their feet.
5. The Eyes of a Fly
Have you ever tried to swat at a fly only to miss repeatedly and become even more irritated? It’s almost like they have eyes in the back of their head to see you coming before you even have a chance to swing!
It is a fact that flies do not have eyes in the back of their head but they can indeed see what is behind them. Unlike humans, flies possess what is called compound eyes. These eyes give them the ability to see in a 360-degree angle. Their eyes do not move; they just see all around their body. This compound eye helps them to navigate properly and also help to be on the lookout for danger.
Diseases Caused By Flies
Flies carry a ton of diseases! There is an estimate that claims that they can carry up to 100 kinds of diseases. So it is a both scary and disgusting fact that they sit on feces and other types of waste then perch on food consumed by humans.
Apart from transmitting different kinds of diseases, when the larvae of a fly is ingested, they can cause intestinal myiasis.
They cause protozoan infections such as amoebic dysentery, and bacterial infections like shigellosis, cholera, and salmonellosis.
Cholera is the most common infection that is associated with flies. It is easily contracted, and most times flies are the primary carrier of these infections. Symptoms of cholera include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. Severe cholera attack can kill a person in just a few hours. Do you understand better now why flies are a very dangerous insect?
The Cycle Of Life For Flies
Usually, the life cycle begins with the egg stage; the female housefly lays the eggs in batches; just as mentioned before, they lay these batches in quantities of 70 to 150. The female flies are able to lay up to six batches of eggs in just a few days.
They use a particular site to lay their eggs; the site is usually damp with dark surfaces. Flies love to generally lurk in the dark. The eggs of the a fly typically look like the grains of rice.
In a day or two, the fly eggs would hatch to become larvae. This larva is most commonly known as maggots. Maggots do not have legs, they become white insects and feed on the site where they were laid. In this period, they molt several times, and then they look for a dark place to pupate.
Pupae are similar to the cocoons of butterflies; they have hard, shells which are also brown. This shell protects the developing flies which are inactive at this stage. During the next six days, the pupae of the larvae develop legs and wings hence coming out as a mature fly, and in two and three days, the female fly is mature for reproduction.
The housefly develops through four interesting stages tagged the egg, larva, pupa, and adult. As tiny as they are, their life expectancy is usually 15 to 30 days, and this entirely depends on the temperature of the environment where they live. They usually have an unlimited ability to reproduce if left on their own. But humans have tagged them as a potential enemy; hence the struggle will always occur between them.
Here a few of the species that we found the most interesting and believed the majority of people should be aware of.
The Headless Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are species of flies, and they can survive for SEVERAL days without their wings or their head. Yes, you read it right.
They can survive without their head!
However, they cannot do without both their wings and their head at the same time. It must be either with the head and without wings or the wings and without the head. Several laboratories have been able to create fruit flies genetically that lived their normal life without their wings. The female fruit flies have also been observed to live a few days without their head.
During their headless days, they could still carry out some interesting activities such as preening and walking. The males will also make advancements to court the females in their headless state.
The Nasty Botfly Breed
These are the distant relative to the bee family; they are the queen bee of the fly world. Hence it will be a complete injustice to mention about flies and not to mention these tiny rascals.
There are lots of botflies; among these are those who bite and lay eggs under the skin of mammals. Some of the botflies have very long and weird names; such as the, European Deer Nose Botfly and Tree Squirrel Botfly. All of these constitute the problem caused by flies to the human community.
This is the most common and very interacting housefly. This housefly defecates at an approximate number of 3 to 5 times daily; they do this on every of the surface that they can land on, to empty their bowels within a swift record of time.
This emptying happens anytime, anywhere and it even includes those times when a fly lands on you. However, this doesn't mean you have to panic every time you see the defecating housefly, because they are usually scared when they land on humans; hence why they fly away quicker and go land on other non-moving surfaces.
How To Help Ensure Your Home Is A NO FLY ZONE!
There are several ways of stopping flies from spreading diseases and keeping them out of your home. To eliminate the activities of flies you have to maintain some basic daily hygiene.
You have to keep the drains clean and empty, clean and then always ensure the garbage covered. To keep flies away, you have to clean up any pet waste immediately and ensure that your window and doors are intact.
Pests like these are extremely irritating and are a menace to global health. Apart from the fact that they can infect you and cause a particular disturbance, maintaining a clean and properly arranged environment helps in many ways and will for sure help to prevent the multiplication of the flies around where we live.
Ensure you are always on the lookout, do not allow the flies to ruin your summer for any reason! Maintain your property and your body consistently!
As long as we remain on the planet, we have one common enemy to fight, which will forever be these troublesome insects.
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