Flies are a very common pest in the UK, and for most of us having a fly buzzing around is very annoying, as well as this they can also pose a health risk, particularly for businesses within the pharmaceutical or food industry. With this said flies are actually quite fascinating little insects. Our team have put together 9 interesting facts about flies that you probably never knew!

Facts About Flies

  1. House Flies Have A Liquid Diet – A fly doesn’t have any mouthparts, so they don’t have the ability to chew solid foods, instead they liquidise all their food by regulating their digestive juices to break down solid foods into small pieces to allow them to drink it.
  2. Flies Taste with Their Feet – Flies have taste receptors in their feet and lower legs called Chemonsensilla. So, when a fly lands on food they tend to have a walk around so they can taste it first!
  3. Flies Can Spread Disease – due to the diet of a fly they often come into contact with harmful diseases such as Salmonella and E-coli. They can then spread this by contaminating food and cooking utensils when they land on them.
  4. House Flies Poo A Lot – Because flies have a liquid diet their digestive system works incredibly fast causing them to poo a lot! A fly will poo anywhere and it is thought that every time a fly lands on a surface it will poo, even if it is on the food they are about to eat.
  5. Flies Can See Behind Them – House files have compound eyes which allow them to see almost 360 degrees. Being able to see in every direction allows flies to look for danger whist still flying around, therefore they can be quite difficult to swat!
  6. Flies Can Walk Upside Down – This may be one you already knew; however, flies can walk on any surface, horizontal, vertical or upside down. They can do this because they have footpads called pilvilli which have small hairs that produce a glue-like substance allowing them to have a good grip on any surface.
  7. They Have Quick Reactions – Flies are incredibly agile and quick to react, yet another reason why they are so difficult to swat. Flies can process and react to the information they see and react to it very fast. To put it into perspective our brains can process around 60 images a second whereas a fly can process around 250 images per second!
  8. Bad Breeding Habits – House flies lay their eggs on rotting fruit and other foods so that when their larvae hatch they will have a good food source to start them off in life!
  9. Flies Don’t Live Long – The average lifespan of a fly is around 30 days, this may not seem like long, but they achieve a lot in that short space of time! Flies can lay around 500 eggs, so one fly buzzing around your home can quickly turn into a huge infestation!

If you’re struggling with a fly infestation at your home or business then contact our team at Anglo Scottish Pest Control for an expert insect control solution0131 452 8228