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Thursday May 17, 2012

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Question:

How far do synanthropic flies really fly in search of food and how long can they go without resting? Thank you.

Marcus F., FL

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Answer:

According to one article on a National Institutes of Health website, quoting from a 1996 study on the health effects of The House Fly, these flies are capable of traveling over 20 miles from their breeding source to places where humans are living or pursue their activities. This is the basic definition of "synanthropic" - animals that choose to be active around humans because we supply their basic needs of food or breeding resources. Thus, synanthropic animals ... Read more

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