We will be featuring the fly, a lovely visitor of summer. Except for the termites (a year long problem), the flies, ants and mosquitoes tend to be more of a warm weather issue.
Our plan is to expand upon the knowledge base with a bit more detailed information about the flies. The information has been gleaned from university abstracts from many of our most respected institutions of the Mid-South, eastern Mid-West, and North East.
Flies (musa domestica)
Known to be very good scavengers of all things not clean; the common house fly is most certainly despised by everyone. Known as “filth flies” the fly can carry an interesting array of very nasty diseases, here are the worst of the worst:
- Typhoid fever
Seems to this writer, that the above list is enough to spur all of us to action! The list does not include the diseases transmitted to livestock! Have you ever seen a neighbor walking their pet and allowing the dog to defecate on a grassy plot and then KEEP ON WALKING? Well I have and every time I see this occur I do stop and say: Please clean up! And then add, would you like a bag to clean up with? Just because a person thinks that pet poop is harmless is never reason to continue the practice. Put it out there:
Flies deposit eggs on the poop! Why? Because the poop is a food source for the maggots! Pet poop is not only a source of food: garbage and dead animals are right there also. Each female fly (average life 4 weeks) will deposit 75-100 tiny white eggs in a batch with about five to six batches in 3-4 weeks! Good thing that all of the flies do not survive! As the eggs develop they will need a food source. Within 7-7 ½ hours in warm weather (99 degrees +) the eggs will become brown in color and pupate into maggots. The maggots will feed upon what ever surface they have been deposited. Where is the danger? The maggot, upon transformation into a fly, must eat to survive. House flies do not bite. To eat the fly must have a moist surface to feed. If the surface is not moist, the fly regurgitates upon your body and sucks up the resulting product all the while excreting fecal matter upon you. It is the excrement you must be cautious of. If you have an open wound, scratch or a deeper cut then the scratch or cut becomes food for the fly. All the fly need do is to regurgitate on the wound (to make the food source liquid) then suck the result for food. No problem: but the fly also is excreting onto you skin.
Go back to the list, think about the list, think about your children, now do you want pet poop not cleaned up?