Fly – One of Man’s Greatest Enemy
Fly! This is such a small creature; how can it possibly kill a man? It is by carrying infection that it kills people. Although flies kill millions of people around the world every year few suspect the fly of being a murderer.
In order to understand the deadly work of the fly, it is necessary to study its life history and habits.
The female breed lay eggs and these eggs change into larvae(maggots). The larvae later become flies. It requires ten to fourteen days from time it lays its eggs until new generation of flies are produced. One female fly will lay at least 120 eggs, and in the course of two weeks each of these 120 eggs will develop into flies. From this it will be seen that in a few month’s time many millions of flies may come from a single fly.
However, the chief breeding place of the common fly is in animal manure. Flies also breed in human excrement and in rotten material of almost any kind. It may be said that flies breed wherever filth is allowed to accumulate.
The fly is hatched in filth, eats filth and prefers to live in filthy places. Its body and its legs are all covered with numerous hairs. On each of the six feet is a rounded pad. These pads are covered with sticky, glue-like material. Having the body and legs covered with hairs and having this sticky material on the feet, it’s an ideal carrier of disease ‘germs’. It moves from piles of manure, from open latrines , from rotten garbage, from sitting on open sores, to the homes of the people. It alights on the food, drinks and the milk. Also it sits on the baby’s mouth, or its eyes, and carries diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever and cholera.
Consequently, it is the duty of every citizen to destroy the fly by getting rid of places of filth where it breed, by screening the house to keep flies out, by swatting those that do get in. Declare an all-out war on one of man’s greatest enemy, the common fly!