It looks like a grain of rice… but is it ?

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The Mystery of Maggots

Not Rice: The Mystery of Maggots

Flies eggs come in all different sizes, shapes and locations, depending on the species. The most common fly egg you may come across is that of the house fly.

Their eggs look like grains of white rice and usually hatch within 24 hours of being laid.

What do fly eggs look like?

As you can see from the image above fly eggs look like grains of white rice.

Fly eggs are white about approx. between 1.2mm in length.

Fly Mating & the laying of eggs

The female house fly usually only ever mates once and stores sperm for later use.

She will lay batches of eggs, usually about 100 each time, on decaying organic matter such as food waste, decomposing dead animals or faeces

She will continue to lay 5 -6 batches over a few days.

Illnesses from flies & their eggs

Warning: We highly recommend not leaving food uncovered or allowing flies to land on your food

Flies are unable to chew food, so they vomit digestive enzymes onto your food before they slurp it back up again.

If a fly leaves something behind on your plate or you unknowingly digest a fly egg Food poisoning can occur and you may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headaches, and lethargy.

Salmonella and Escherichia coli are examples of bacteria that flies, and maggots may transmit to humans.

If you have an issue with flies, maggots or fly eggs give Sydneys Best Pest Control a call on 1800 819 189

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