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The Pest : Flies
The Musca domestica, is known as the Common Housefly. They feed by spitting out saliva on solid foods to predigest it, and then suck it back inside. Flies have a very highly-evolved evasion reaction which helps to ensure their survival. Flies are also among the filthiest insects around, carrying more than 100 known pathogens. Combined with their ability to cover large distances very quickly and their attraction to human food, flies can pose a serious health risk.

The Threat : The main threat of a Housefly is its ability to carry and transmit serious diseases. Houseflies can carry over 100 pathogens such as typhoid, cholera, salmonella, bacillary dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, ophthalmic, parasitic worms, staphylococcus, E. coli and shigella. For businesses – especially those in foodservice, food and beverage processing, and food retail industries – flies are an especially dangerous because every time they land on a food source, they drop off dangerous bacteria that can contaminate food or cause serious illness if ingested. Preventing flies from becoming a problem can require considerations such as from altering your lighting to reviewing your waste management system.