See What Happens To Your Food If a Fly Lands On it!
There really is, though many ignore it or are not aware of it. Flies carry many diseases: anthrax, tuberculosis, salmonella, and more. Anthrax has four different ways it could show up: through a cut, eating undercooked meat, breathing in the spores, or being injected. Each has its own set of symptoms that comes along. If infection comes through a cut – the most common route – it’s not fatal. However, it resembles a bite from an insect that soon turns into a sore (painless) with a black center. There is also swelling in sore and lymph glands. When it comes from meat, there’s nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headaches, and a swollen neck are all possible symptoms.
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Inhalation can cause flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, nausea, coughing up blood, high fever, and meningitis. When anthrax is injected, symptoms include redness at injection site (no blackness like when it comes from a cut), shock, meningitis, and major swelling. To get it from a fly, it would come from meat.
Salmonella from a fly would come from either the eggs being near the food or from the fly trying to eat. Symptoms include blood in the stool, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These last only about a week, but it could take up to several months for the digestive system to return to normal. However, a few varieties turn into typhoid fever.
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Typhoid fever is more common in developing countries. However, it can come from flies. Signs include high fever and feeling incredibly ill. Stomach pains, rash of rose and flat spots, and loss of appetite are other symptoms of typhoid fever.
Stopping the flies from getting to the food is the crux of the issue. How can it be done without using commercially available traps and swatters that may only do more damage?
- Cutting a small hole in the bottom of a paper cone is the first step to make one home trap. A wide mouth jar is filled with some sugar water is put under the cone. The cone is put through the mouth of the jar narrow end first and taped in place. This traps the fly in the sugar water mixture.
- Another way to trap flies without buying a trap is to cut an empty water or soda bottle in half. Drill a hole about one centimeter across in the cap. Pour the same sugar syrup from the above trap into the lower part (without the screw on for the lid) of the trap. Place the upper part of the bottle upside down in the lower part and tape together.