Flies: Facts, Identification & Control
More than 100 pathogens are associated with the house fly including: Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E.
coli & Shigella.
These pathogens can cause disease in humans & animals, including: typhoid fever, cholera, bacillary dysentery, hepatitis, polio, tuberculosis & infantile diarrhea.
Sanitation is critical to controlling these pests, but accurate identification is essential for successful fly control.
Here are some other things you should know about flies & fly control
- Depending on the species, the life expectancy of a fly is eight days to two months, or in some cases, up to a year
- Flies belong to the Order Diptera, meaning two wings.
There are 16,000 species of flies in North America
- Flies plague every part of the world except the polar ice caps
- One pair of flies can produce more than 1 million offspring in as little as six to eight weeks
- As many as 33 million microorganisms may flourish in a single fly's gut, while a half-billion more swarm over its body & legs
- Flies spread diseases readily because they move quickly from rotting, disease-laden garbage to exposed human foods & utensils
- Because they only have two wings, flies land often & therefore can deposit thousands of bacteria each time they land
- U.S. Department of Agriculture sources reveal that flies contaminate or destroy $10 billion worth of agricultural products
- For every fly seen, there are an estimated 19 more hidden from view. This means humans don't even see most of the flies present at an infestation