flies FLIES


Habit: Flies live in garbage and wherever animal feces are available. Dead animals attract flies within hours after death. Most flies are diurnal.

Diet: Larvae feed on decaying meat and feces. Adult flies feed on sugary food of any kind, including nectar and rotting fruit.

Reproduction: One pair of flies can produce more than one million offspring in as little as six to eight weeks.

Other: Flies feed by using sponging mouthparts. As the fly moves about from one food source to another, it samples and eats its food by regurgitating liquid and dropping it on the food to liquify it. Light colored spots called fly specks are visible signs of this type of feeding. Darker fly specks associated with house flies are fecal spots. The fly's feeding and breeding habits along with its persistence fr invading homes and feeding on human food enable the house fly to spread many intestinal diseases such as dysentery and diarrhea.

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