Flies are pests, literally. The big ones buzz around noisily and disturb everyone.this indeed can be annoying.
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:
-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.
-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.
-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 long and short of it all is…Don’t expose your food to flies!