Flies are pests, literally. The big ones buzz around noisily and disturb everyone.
Big and small, flies are bad news, health-wise. And that is why, ideally, when a fly lands on your food, the best bet is to throw the food away, especially if it is to be eaten cold.
‘Why?’ You may ask. Here are the reasons:
• Experts say when a fly lands on your food, it doesn’t just dance on it, it vomits into it. “This is because a fly can’t chew, so instead, they eject digestive enzymes onto the food before eating it up again,” says an entomologist, Ron Harrison.
• On average, a fly carries more than 200 forms of harmful bacteria, owing to their love of landing on items such as rotting food and faecal matter.
• Flies have thousands of tiny hairs on the arms and legs which allow dangerous germs to transfer to your food if one lands on it.
• “They only need to touch your food for a second for their legs or the tiny hairs all over their bodies to transfer germs from all those nasty things they eat onto what you are eating,” Harrison says.
• Flies can transfer serious, contagious diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid.
• That is why it is probably best if you avoid eating things that a fly lands on, Harrison says.
The bottom line: Don’t expose your food to flies.
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