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The House Fly - A Common Pest

They're a common pest around most homes, but how much do you know about the average house fly? Get the buzz on this household insect.

The House Fly - Life Cycle

These are the four distinct stages in an average house fly's life:

  • Egg: Depending on the size of a female house fly, she can lay up to 500 eggs in a three to four day period. Eggs are white in color and are usually less than half and inch in size.
  • Larvae: Larvae are commonly referred to as maggots. Maggots emerge from the eggs within eight to 20 hours of being laid. Larvae begin eating whatever they can find in the area they were laid. They prefer warm, moist environments to grow in.
  • Pupa: After about four to 10 days, a maggot will move to higher, drier ground to move into the pupa stage of its life. This process take about three to six days and is where the maggot encases inself in a reddish-brown skin where the final stages of development take place.
  • Adult: Once the adult house fly hatches from the pupal stage, it has an approximate life span of 15 to 30 days. Females are able to start producing eggs after two days of life and will continue to lay eggs for about a month. Female house flys are usually larger than the males.

The House Fly - A Day in the Life

You will find house flies pretty much everywhere there are humans or animals. Flies love things like garbage, manure and anything else that left out in a warm environment (like the chicken you left thawing on your counter all day). House flies don't feed off of human flesh - they get their nutrients from spitting saliva on their food, which liquifies it so they can suck it up with their sponge-like mouths.

The House Fly - Did U Know?

  • House flies can travel up to six miles in 24 hours, but they usually prefer to stay close by their breeding ground.
  • The easiest way to keep flies out of your home is to keep things clean. Don't leave food lying around, make sure you take out the garbage on a regular basis and wipe up messes right away.
  • Fly investations are often found on farms because it is hard to keep them from breeding in the readily available manure.
  • House flies like to perch on things like wire or string.
  • The newest show on Disney, The Buzz on Maggie, follows the life of a family of flies that live in the fictional town of Stickyfeet.
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JazzyRox posted in Say Anything:
"Nemokid" wrote:Well now that your life is ruined anyway, you should consider looking forward to taking revenge. Theres no going back now anymore. she ruined your life, u do something twice as bad. Cut off all ties with her if you havent. also to avoid getting crap from your parents tell them ure not bi, and that you've realized its a sin or something lmao. doesnt matter what others think, as long as youre true to yourself you'll be fine. But seriously tho, rek that kid. Do not get revenge on her. as it may sound good now, it will not be after you do. plus do not lie to your parents. i know that it was a bad thing to send you away, but if you lie and say "ooh yup i'm straight i know i sinned blah blah blah" it will help at the moment but in a few weeks/months/years they will find the truth and you will be in even more trouble. 
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Can't we just accept people for who they are or is that just  to much to ask!
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fitta
fitta posted in Debating:
Give a valid reason why you don't support trans people without using the Bible or any religion.
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fitta
fitta posted in Debating:
All these lame excuses about what the Bible says make me laugh. The Bible also says that you can't work on sundays you can't eat pork you can't divorce you can't cheat you can't wear clothes and you can't hate because all of that is a sin. But you don't see people being so uptight about that do you? Only when it comes to someone who was born different  the Bible is convenient to you and matters. Trans people aren't doing any harm to anyone they just want to be who they are. So let them be who they are. There's nothing wrong with that. So keep your lame bible excuses about what god said is right or wrong because it's 2017 not 10BC 
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AlphaT
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"PuttingMyDefencesUp" wrote: We should support someone no matter what they choose or how they want to live Why? 
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