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Human beings have emerged as the fittest species on the earth to survive owing to the enhanced functional power of their brain. Any other animal species which have otherwise proved to be deadly along their long line of ancestors have either been tamed or allowed a minimal portion of the earth’s breathing space for them to breed in a controlled manner so as not to impose a threat to the survival of the homo sapiens. Housefly

What is the most dangerous animal right now?

Lions? Panthers? Snakes? or Scorpions? Nope.

It is the housefly swirling around us everywhere which stands out proudly to cap itself as one of the most deadly animals right now.

The housefly is indeed the most dangerous animal known to scientists. According to research Housefly, scientifically known as Musca Domestica carries over 100 pathogens on its body. Though the housefly might not have the ability to bite yet it is the carrier of diseases that at times have proved its fatality.

What are houseflies really?

Houseflies possess a mouth in the shape of a spongy pad, this helps them convert the food into liquid form and then absorb it. They also leave pathogens wherever they sit, this spreads diseases faster than we can imagine. A Housefly reproduces faster than many animals, a female housefly can lay around 500 eggs within a span of 3 to 4 days. These eggs become adult flies in just 15 days, and these adult flies lay eggs again. Houseflies can also travel about 6 miles in a day.

Flies are designed to feel, taste and smell with their hair, more specifically the hair around their head and feet. That means a fly can taste what it walks on. They also have sticky feet, which allows them to walk on upside down or vertical surfaces. Even though flies carry germs, they are also extremely important to mankind. They help pollinate our plants, which gives us a better crop.

Why houseflies are dangerous?

Flies are more common over the Summer, the primary reason you should worry is the things these flies step on. These flies walk on dead animals, rotten plants, manure and trash. Then they come flying into our houses and start sitting on our food, thus contaminating what we are going to eat. Even though we might think of the housefly as a dirty animal, it contaminates our food when it is cleaning itself. Whenever the Housefly feels that a lot of dirt has accumulated on its eyes, antenna or any part of its body, it just uses its legs to wipe the dirt off and rubs its legs to clean them off. Now this dirt is what contains the pathogens and thus is left around at many places invisible to the human eye.

Some studies have even shown that flies carry about 200 pathogens. Some are common, some are not well studied. Many might feel alarmed by this information but not all flies carry all pathogens and we also possess immune systems that can kill off these pathogens as soon as they enter our body.

The most common pathogens that Houseflies carry are: –

  1. Shigellosis
  2. Bacteria causing conjunctivitis
  3. Salmonellosis
  4. Parasitic worms
  5. E. coli

How to keep off houseflies from ruining our lives?

Wait, don’t just run to shut off the windows. There are many ways to keep flies away.

  • Use natural oils like Lemon, Orange and Clove help keep flies away.
  • Cover prepared food at all times and always remember to wash any fruit sitting outside for long are some of the common practices.
  • Cover and Dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Plant Lavender or Tansy flowers outside the house can also work wonders at keeping the flies away.

Why not just check the population of houseflies?

Many scientists are developing vaccines to stop flies from reproducing to stop the diseases they spread but this might not be the solution. But the reality is the flies help mankind in a lot of ways. They break down many organisms, converting them to soil and they also pollinate our flowers and fruits. A sudden disappearance in the population of flies might actually prove disastrous to the whole eco-system.

 

To read: Are Squirrels More Responsible Than Humans?

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