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Flies Back to Target Insect

moscaPhylum: Arthropods
Order: Diptera
Family: Muscidae

Among arthropod pests, flies are undoubtedly the insects most adapted to the man-made environment, so much so that they represent the most frequent pest in households worldwide.

In addition to their significant adaptation to human life contexts, flies are known carriers of pathogenic micro-organisms, given their habit of frequenting not exactly clean places. Intestinal phenomena caused by pathogenic loads released in food from flies are, in fact, well described in the literature.

The fly par excellence is the House Fly (Musca domestica L.) assiduous coloniser of temperate and cold environments. It feeds with greater voracity on liquid food in general, but does not disdain solid foods, thanks to the softening action of its saliva. The Diptera is characterised by a rapid life cycle in optimal development conditions (summer) which leads to a high number of generations per year (up to 15). The larvae develop wherever there is organic matter neglected for sufficient time to allow the adults to lay their eggs; in just 15 days, the insect is able to complete the cycle. One of the factors not to be overlooked is the high fertility of the females, which can lay hundreds of eggs gathered in heaps.

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