Flies very filthy insects that carry bacteria and other harmful microorganisms onto our food, making them particularly dangerous to our health. They spread food-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Flies are known for defecating on food and regurgitating food as they feed.
These insects are particularly attracted to decaying organic matter, and it is on this matter upon which they feed and where they breed.
Types of flies
Known for carrying disease and over 100 different pathogenic organisms, these flies are not merely a nuisance, but a potential health hazard to humans.
House flies feed on a wide variety of food, from human food to faeces. Flies are only able to feed on liquid foods, but this is not much of a problem for them, as they have the ability to liquefy many solid foods. House flies have the habit of regurgitating food whenever they come to rest. This habit, along with a fly’s abundant body bristles and hairs and the sticky pads underneath each foot make houseflies the perfect carrier and transporter of disease.
Houseflies have been known to be the carriers of over 100 kinds of disease causing pathogens, transmitting them to humans via their contaminated external body parts, regurgitated food and faeces. The pathogens they carry around with them cause diseases such as:
• typhoid fever
• salmonellosis parasitic worms.
The botfly is significantly larger than the housefly and is shiny with a metallic greenish-blue colour. These flies also go by the name “blue bottle” fly and are known for making a loud buzzing sound when flying. Their habitats include garbage dumps, and they tend to feed on faeces, decaying animals and human food.
The fruit fly is a small fly with a brown-yellow colour. they are commonly active in the morning and evening and feed on decaying fruits, vegetables and garbage.
CONTROL of flies
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