■ There are more than 120,000 species of flies, but the six species most often referred to as pests to humans and animals are: house, stable, flesh, blow, blue and green bottle, and dump.
■ Depending on the size of a female house fly, she can lay up to 500 eggs in a three to four day period.
■ House flies can travel as far as six miles in one day, but they usually prefer to stay close to their breeding ground. Their feeding range is usually limited to two miles.
■ In the absence of an animal feast, the stable fly — a bloodsucking fly — will bite humans for a blood meal.
■ Stable flies are aggressively persistent and will continue to pursue a blood meal even after being swatted several times.
■ It’s been documented that flies have transmitted deadly diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, anthrax, leprosy, dysentery and tuberculosis … to name just a few. In many cases they’re the indirect cause of low cattle weight and poultry death.
■ A single garbage can, if not emptied, can be the breeding ground for approximately 30,000 flies.