While some larger species like horse flies produce painful bites, the greatest danger presented by flies is their capacity to spread millions of dangerous pathogens. Houseflies can transmit diseases, including malaria, salmonella, staphyllococcus and E. Coli. They can also contaminate food, ruining $10 billion worth of agricultural products each year.
Characteristics of Flies
What Does a Fly Look Like?
Dark gray, with oval bodies and two wings. Adult house flies can grow to ¼” long.
Where Do Flies Live?
House flies live in all parts of the world. They remain within a few miles of where they hatched, but may migrate up to 20 miles to find food.
Are Flies Dangerous?
Flies have been known to carry over 100 different diseases, including dysentery, hepatitis, and typhoid fever. Horse flies are aggressive, with a painful bite, and will bite the same victim repeatedly.