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Fruit flies get their name from their love of fruit! You may have noticed them in your house hanging out around kitchens or trash cans because they smell ripe or rotting produce. Fruit flies are mostly just nuisances, but some may transmit diseases.
Fruit flies only live for 8-10 days. In that time, females lay around 500 eggs, using old, rotting fruit or vegetables as their nest. Yes, these flies love fruit so much that they eat it and live in it.
You can view more information about fruit flies for kids below or discover The Fly or The Egg science experiment!
Fruit flies eat rotting food like old, mushy fruits and vegetables. They also like fermenting liquids like beer, wine, and liquor.
Fruit flies are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They love hanging out in garbage that has been sitting around. You can find them in drains, garbage disposals, trash cans, mop buckets, and anywhere with exposed rotting food… gross!
While fruit flies don’t bite, they do carry some health risks since they like to be in unsanitary conditions like garbage dumps and trashcans. When they are around, especially in kitchens near the food we eat, humans can become sick.
Fruit flies hate being clean! To make your home less comfortable for fruit flies, you should:
Or you can keep the flies out of the house with your very own Fly Swatter made with materials you probably already have at your house!
Find more fruit fly facts for kids and parents alike at the official NPMA website.
We call these types of flies house flies because, you guessed it, you can find them in your house. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue! View more interesting house flies facts for kids below.
House flies can only eat liquids. They are limited in what they can eat because they do not have teeth or a stinger. Their mouths absorb food like a sponge. But that’s okay, because they have a secret superpower that is super gross.
House flies can turn many solid foods into a liquid by spitting or throwing up on it. Their tongues are shaped like straws so they can suck up their food. They eat any wet or decaying matter, but they are particularly attracted to pet waste because it’s very smelly and is easy for them to find.
House flies like to live close to home. They tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born but will travel up to 20 miles to find food. They spend their time and keep their babies in garbage cans, compost heaps and pet areas.
House flies don’t sting or bite, but they are dirty, which means they can get you sick. These pests have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs, so don’t make a habit of letting them hang around you or your food.
House flies are the most comfortable in a dirty place – so keep areas clean to keep house flies from moving in!
Parents and teachers can find more house fly facts for kids at the official NPMA website.