Flies One of the most widely distributed of all insects worldwide is the housefly (Musca domestica). It is a nuisance insect, is a carrier of diseases. Its body swarms with millions of bacteria which are often transmitted to the food we eat. Typhus, dysentery, tuberculosis, and poliomyelitis are only a few of the illnesses that it may carry and transmit contaminating our food.

The males of the Lesser House Fly (Fannia canicularis) species will be seen flying around in circles in your living room. The female lays her eggs in bird manure, and is never seen indoors. The males seldom land, so the best
method of controlling these flies is with an outdoor fly trap such as our Rescue
fly trap or Silva Fly Traps.

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There are over 85,000 different species of fly and there are estimated to be 10,000 flies for every single human. One female housefly can lay over 600 eggs during her 25 day lifetime. Flies taste with their feet! A fly's feet are also very sticky which means they carry around minute quantities of anything they step in. This makes them rather unhygienic. A single fly may carry 6-million bacteria. Some of the more sinister ones are cholera, TB, typhoid and dysentery.

Flies multiply at an incredible rate, taking only about two weeks from being hatched to laying eggs. Their most common breeding sites are dung heaps, rotting garbage, animal faeces, all sorts of droppings, and carrion. Ensuring that your garden is clean of these attractions to the flies will help reduce their infestations.

Due to its gyroscope a stabilising device which beats 20,000 times a minute, constantly updating the trajectory the fly is an incredibly agile flyer and it is able to take off in any direction, making it very difficult to swat.

Because the eyes of a fly are compound, meaning they are made up of many simple eyes each pointing in a different direction, it makes them very adapt at detecting movement like a swat with a newspaper. However, compound eyes cannot focus, so the fly would be unable to read the print! Fly's bodies are covered in minute hairs that are very sensitive to changes in air pressure, and this also helps flies evade swatting.

Flies have become resistant to a large number of pesticides, making them very difficult to kill where the same pesticide has been used frequently over time. Most domestic fly sprays contain two active ingredients - 1 to temporarily paralyse the fly and make it drop out of the air, and 2 to kill it.