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What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food?

What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food?

Do you get hot and bothered when your date
throws up on their food and slurps it all down? Then you my friend may be a flyosexual. Hey everyone, Laci Green here for DNews. My
dad always warned me that flies were the scum of the earth and that I should NEVER (i repeat:
NEVER) allow them to land on my food. They’ll vomit! They’ll poop! They’ll spread contagious
diseases and you will die! Felt a bit like receiving an abstinence lecture, to be honest. In a recent survey, Orick asked participants:
“if you were at a restaurant, which critter would make you drop your fork? Rodents? Cockroaches?
Flies? Ants? Or snakes?” SNAKES! I’d definitely be atta that joint in a heartbeat. 61% of
people said they would bounce if they saw cockroaches, but scientists warn that FLIES
are actually twice as germy as cockroaches. And they’re specifically referring to those
pesky houseflies that can be found anywhere – after all, there are over 90,000 different
species of flies. So what’s the real deal on flies and food?
Flies do gross things like eat garbage and poop and rotting animal carcasses. All those
germs from the gross stuff they think is delicious gets transferred to their legs and small hairs
all over their body. It only takes a second for them to transfer those germs to your food
or to your body. It’s also true that flies can’t chew, so in order to eat, they spit
enzymes on their food to dissolve it and then slurp it up. And yet another truth is that
flies can carry cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. But…notice most people DON’T get those
diseases…which brings me to the rational side of things. Flies that are festering on
food can definitely make you sick, so if there’s a bunch of flies feeding on a rotting apple
– you probably shouldn’t eat it! But when they land on food for a few seconds, it’s
unlikely that it’ll transfer enough bacteria to make you sick. It’s also a misconception
that they poop every time they land. That would be a lot of tiny fly bowel movements.
They might spit or vomit on your food if they’re intending to eat it, but it’s the bacteria
that’s stuck to their body that actually spreads disease and makes people sick. Long story short: fly vomit is your friend,
fly bodies? Not so much. Thanks for watching DNews – do you get grossed out if flies land
on your food? Let me know down below and we’ll catch you on the next episode – hopefully
with a little less feces.

100 thoughts on “What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food?”

  1. I hate flies so much that when I hit it I don’t hit it hard so it doesn’t die after I have shocked it I torture it starting from the legs and up 😡

  2. so if a fly has just hatched or turned from larvae to fly, is it germs/disease free until they start to land on all those dirty places? might be bad if you accidentally eat food that has a dead fly on it…

  3. I have a massive cut in my hand I went to sleep with the cut uncovered when I woke up there were maggots in my cut.. no lie I almost passed out

  4. The best lesson I learned in college is how to kill a fly that has landed. Basically it flies straight up, or slightly backwards, and then forward, so if you clap your hands above it, a good chance you'll kill or stun it. Just don't do that over your food, and wash your hands after your bloodlust ends. Of course if you have a proper fly swatter, and it lands on a flat open surface, much easier!

  5. What happened when fly land on my food? I say shoosh and take a big bite out of it sometime eating flies with the food for extra flavour

  6. Whats with all the sexual innuendo and bashing of abstinence , maybe do some research on how prevalent both abortion and STD'S are in our society , in the 5 years since you made this video 3,000,000 babies have been aborted in America alone and tens of millions have been infected with STD's … good job stupid… ignorant children shouldn't teach anything.

  7. A fly is circling around the bin. I leave that bug behind , because it only does its job . Just like the spider , that ensures that there are not too many flies. Fortunately there is a birdie there that it eats too much spiders. Just like the cat is hunting for birds. As long as he is not caught by the cougar, who is being followed by a brown bear. Rhinos, spider monkeys, koalas, sperm whales, buffalo, and many more small flies on their droppings: my kitchen forms a balanced ecosystem. Don't step  in for any gold !


    Narrated Abu Huraira:
    The Prophet said "If a house fly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink), for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease." (Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 54, Number 537)

    Here is what the medical world says:

    There are many bacteria and parasites that infest the fly, making flies a major factor in spreading many diseases by touching surfaces with their legs or their saliva. After walking on much excrement, flies may carry up to as many as 6 million bacterias on their feet. SO BE WARY OF FOODS THAT HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY A FLY!

  9. Really wasn't looking forward to a discovery Channel video. Then I saw Laci green. Now I'm questioning whether my days been good or bad so far. It was definitely good up until this point.

  10. She said it only takes seconds for them to pass diseases, then turns around and says when they land on food for a couple seconds it’s probably okay to eat??

  11. how come the flies themselves do not get ill from the bacteria? maybe you need a stomach to get a stomach ache? not just a little hairy sack of magical fluid that fills in for a heart, liver and giant evil testicles like what flies and bugs have?


    Also Prof. Albus Dumbledore (Hogwarts headmaster)

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