Not So Wonderful Fly Facts


Fly feedingFollowing on a good suggestion from a colleague, Brigitta, I have decided to do another “weird and wonderful pest facts” post, this time about a less glamorous pest, the fly. This pest is particularly annoying this time of year in South Africa, actually I was dancing around the office a few moments ago trying to catch one! Besides flies being extremely annoying and unhygienic, what else do we know about these horrid creatures?

So I did some extensive, thorough research on the subject matter. (Looked at the top 3 results of…..alright, I also asked one of our technical experts here at head office, who have being doing pest control longer than Google has been around, so these facts have to be legit.

Did you know…?

There are more than 300,000 species of flies across the globe – imagine if you studied flies, remembering all their names.

Here is something interesting, Flies only have two wings whereas most insects have four wings.

  • The common house fly lives for about 30 days – so you don’t really need to catch that annoying fly if you are going on a month long vacation.
  • You might reconsider that fact about the fly, when you learn that flies can lay up to 3000 eggs in their lifetime of 1 month, better cross your fingers that you didn’t leave behind a female fly or you might return to an epidemic!!!
  • Flies wings beat up to 200 times per second, making them one of the speediest insects with average speeds of about 5mph and burst of 15mph when threatened.
  • Flies eyes are rather interesting, they consist of over 4000 lenses per eye (they have 2), they can’t see very well, but they can detect the slightest movement.
  • Flies vomit on food before eating it, you probably heard this fact before, its pretty well know, so chances are if you have seen a fly sitting on a food item, chances are it’s probably vomited it, eeew!!!
  • Flies defecate every 4-5 minutes – so if flies haven’t vomited on your food, chances are high they tarnished it in another form.
  • When they decide to eventually fly away after vandalizing your food, their take off sequence is a bit different from other insects, flies jump up then backwards before moving forward.

To keep a fly free environment, speak to your local Rentokil branch about the great fly control solutions they have on offer.

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