Chinese people eat mosquitos

Probably the most strenuous animal in the world, the housefly has stolen everyone's nerves at one point or another. But can the flying pests actually contaminate food if they land shortly afterwards?

Hum, hum ...
Flies are everywhere and manage to rob us of the last nerve in every imaginable everyday situation - especially in summer. Because especially in the warm season, countless mosquitoes make it a real torture to enjoy a meal. And you don't even have to have a picnic outdoors - there is no escape from houseflies in the apartment either. But what happens when the little animal sits down directly on the food? No matter or harmful? After all, flies spread all the pathogens that they collect on their travels: bacteria, viruses and parasites - they all end up in the home. A full-grown housefly can carry more than one hundred (!) Diseases of humans and animals and spread them as if at the push of a button. According to an employee of the pest control company "Orkin", flies can even transmit dangerous pathogens such as cholera, anthrax or tuberculosis.

So couldn't food that has been touched by flies be full of germs and shouldn't it end up in the rubbish bin as a result? An expert from the University of Sydney explains.

A health risk?
So could a short fly landing maneuver really contaminate an entire meal and conjure up a bacillus thrower out of the menu? Dr. Cameron Webb from the University of Sydney provides information and calms the mind: "In most cases, a fly discovered on the food does not mean that the meal has to be thrown away," reports the expert in a blog post from the university. There would be little doubt that flies can also transfer germs to our food - but a brief touch would not be enough to make an average healthy person sick. In most cases a fly is simply too small to carry a dangerous amount of germs. The human immune system will mercilessly crush the bacteria that the mosquito is spreading. Small children, seniors or people who are already sick could, however, be more susceptible to absorbing the pathogen due to their weakened immune system.

City flies are usually much more hygienic than their country counterparts. This is because the former do not come into contact with animal waste or excrement as often in urban areas.

Sounds as if the fly cannot harm anyone. The longer the insect stays on the food, the greater the chance that germs will be secreted. If the fly has been feeling the dish for a long time, Dr. Cameron Webb to dispose of the meal after all, because the fly could absorb food from your plate if you stay for a longer period of time, just like you. However, since flies have no teeth, they decompose their food by throwing up on them and then sucking it up again with their proboscis. Pretty disgusting. Above all, these residues of the vomited substance could bring dangerous pathogens with them. So if your snack is already being courted by several flies and they are accumulating on it, you should perhaps just leave a rescue attempt. In principle, the tried and tested three-second rule can also be applied here in this case. But - don't panic: we don't want to turn a mosquito into an elephant.