Tech What really happens when a fly lands on your food is worse than you thought

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What happens when a housefly lands on your food?

First, houseflies have no teeth. They eat by slurping fluids through a trunk-like nose.

When they land on solid food, they regurgitate saliva on it. The saliva liquefies the food for them to drink. But if fly vomit isn't bad enough consider this: Flies enjoy eating more than what's on your picnic table.

They feast on nasty things like feces and rotting meat, which can be teeming with harmful, infectious bacteria. This bacteria can get in, and on, the fly.

The fly can then transfer the bacteria from its food, to you. It's believe that flies can transmit over 65 diseases to humans. These diseases include typhoid fever, cholera, and tuberculosis.

So, be good to your body. Skip the fly vomit and disease.

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