Fun Facts on Flies

There are actually over 300,000 species of flies. They have been around since mankind and have been found on seven continents. The average fly lives around 30 days. Flies can lay up to 3,000 eggs in their lifetimes of one month. Flies only have two wings, most insects have four. Their wings can beat up to 200 times per second and they stop when their feet land. Flies have over 4,000 lenses per eye but they still can’t see well! Their vision may be bad but they can detect movement. Flies jump up then backwards before moving forward! Flies actually lay eggs on their food. This could happen to your food too. They have glue like substance on their feet that help them stick to surfaces.

Flies vomit on food before they eat it. They can only consume liquids so their vomit actually liquefies the food. Their saliva turns the rest into complete liquid before they swallow it. Flies will defecate every 4-5 minutes. There are more than 16,000 species of flies in North America. Flies have only one pair of wings. Common houseflies have a maximum flying speed of 5 miles per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second! The black fly is only 1/8 inch long. The eggs of black flies are commonly laid in masses like on wet rocks, logs and plants. House flies can travel up to six miles in 24 hours. They prefer to stay close to their breeding grounds.

The easiest way to keep flies out of your home is to keep things clean. Never leave food lying around and make sure that the garbage’s are taken out regularly and messes are cleaned up. Fly infestation are often found on farms because they breed in manure. There are more flies than vertebrates. Only the arctic and Antarctic ice caps don’t have flies! Flies can actually destroy our food sources like grains and fruits. Flies can transmit diseases like typhoid, dysentery, anthrax, leprosy and tuberculosis. They can also cause low cattle weight and poultry death. Flies can actually smell a distance of over 750 yards!

If you don’t empty your garbage it could be a breeding ground for up to 30,000 flies! In the warmer weather a fly can produce a family in less than two weeks. There are twelve species of flies protected under the Endangered Species act in Hawaii.

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