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House Flies

House Flies
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The housefly is the most common of all domestic flies, accounting for about 90% of all flies in human habitations, and indeed one of the most widely distributed insects, found all over the world; it is considered a pest that can carry serious diseases.

Houseflies feed on feces, open sores, sputum, and moist decaying organic matter such as spoiled food, eggs and flesh.

Females in one day can lay batches of about 100 to 150 eggs in warm, moist, organic materials such as manure, garbage, lawn clippings, decaying vegetables and fruits, or contaminated soils. Within that day, larvae (maggots) hatch from the eggs; they live and feed in (usually dead and decaying) organic material, such as garbage or feces. They are pale-whitish are about 0.12-0.35 inches in length, thinner at the mouth end, and have no legs. Under optimal summertime conditions, house flies can complete their development from egg to adult in as little as 7 days.

House flies are generally found in greatest numbers during the hotter summer months. House flies have four dark stripes down the back of their thorax. Because House flies have sponging mouth-parts and eat solid food by first liquefying it with their saliva, house flies cannot bite; but studies have linked them to possible disease transmission to humans and animals.