Types of flies

  • House fly
  • Horse fly
  • Bluebottle fly
  • Cluster fly
  • Sand fly
  • Fruit fly
  • Drain fly
  • Flesh fly
  • Fermentation fly
  • Lacewings

How fast do they spread?

Each female fly can lay about 500 eggs in a lifetime, in batches of about 75 to 150. Within a day, maggots hatch from the eggs; they live and feed on (usually dead and decaying) organic material, such as garbage, carrion or feces.

Diseases carried

Flies collect pathogens on their legs and mouths when females lay eggs on decomposing organic matter such as feces and garbage.

Diseases carried by house flies include typhoid, cholera, dysentery, salmonella, anthrax and tuberculosis. House flies have also been known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms.

Did you know?

  • Flies have no teeth, but they have a long tongue that sucks up food like a straw.
  • There are over 100,000 species of flies live on earth.
  • Flies carry diseases such as Typhoid.
  • Flies have thousands of tiny lenses, which make up the eyes of a fly.
  • There are fly species that mimic other insects such as hover flies. They look like bees or wasps, making it easier to scare off predators.
  • Flies can smell over 750 yards away.

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