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:
• 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 .
• 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 .
• 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 bottom line : Don ’ t expose your food to flies .