Filthy Facts about Flies

Flies are a nuisance and not something that you should be inviting into your home. But, did you realize just how filthy these insects are?

To be fair, flies are an important part of the ecosystem, they breakdown all manner of waste which means that they help to prevent piles of rubbish sitting everywhere. They are also an important part of the food chain, spiders and birds eat them. But, they are as annoying as mosquitoes and are truly filthy. That’s why every home should invest in a led fly control, when you’ve finished reading this you definitely won’t want them near your home. You may also contact a local pest management services company if you notice an increasing number of flies in your property.

In the realm of pest control, it’s not only flies that can be a cause for concern. Homeowners may also encounter various other pests, including spiders. Understanding the dangers of huntsman spiders, such as potential bites and the psychological impact on occupants, underscores the need for a balanced approach to pest control. Local pest management services can provide insights into managing spider populations effectively, ensuring a harmonious coexistence with the diverse ecosystem while maintaining a pest-free living space.

Eating Habits

Let’s get straight to the filthiest fact. Flies don’t have teeth.  Instead of biting and chewing their food they spit on it. The spit of a fly is acidic and causes the food to dissolve, creating a liquid that the fly can suck up. 

Consider that the next time you see a fly on your food, they’re spitting acid onto it for you. If that wasn’t enough, the flies can actually lay eggs as they eat, which means you’ll be eating flies eggs that aren’t in the same class as caviar. 


Because the fly has a completely liquid diet they need to use the toilet all the time. Fortunately for them, this isn’t an issue, they simply release waste whenever they want, including while they’re walking across your food!

Now you need to start thinking about what may be in their waste products that you’re enjoying as you eat your sandwich.


Flies can carry as many as 67 diseases, some of which will make you feel unwell and others which can kill you. 

Diseases can be carried in the blood of the fly, especially if they’ve picked them up from a host when they’ve ‘bitten’ them. But, most of the diseases are actually carried by their little feet. 

Flies actually have hairy legs and feet which have hundreds of sensors on them. When they land the sensors tell them if they are on food and if so, they release their acid.

However, consider where else the fly has landed, on animal waste, food debris, and even sick people. The fly will pick up the diseases on their legs and feet and then deposit them on your food!


You’ve seen maggots before and probably cringed. Maggots are the pupae stage of a fly before it becomes a full-grown fly. Not only will you find them where you’ve left food to decay, most breeds of flies are also capable of laying their eggs in your open wounds. The result will be maggots n your flesh which eventually emerge as flies. You need to keep open wounds covered!

Don’t forget there are many different types of flies and each has its own peculiarities. But the basic facts above are the same for all of them, you don’t want to encourage them into your house and you certainly don’t want them on your food!