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What Happens If You Swallow A Fly ?- Tips on flies.

We spent a lot of time in the outback and swallowed a few flies much to our disgust ¬ What happens if you swallow a fly ?

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Why do flies want to explore the insides of your nose or mouth especially while you are on your bike ??

What happens if I swallowed a fly?

Earlier today I answered a question here on HubPages about coming up with ideas for hubs.

My suggestion was to go for a walk, swim or bike ride as I always come up with an idea at these times when away from the laptop!

As I was biking over to the local pool for a swim & try to decide what to write about next I swallowed my second fly of the day & it isn't even lunchtime yet.

I really hate swallowing flies especially out in public as it doesn't look that great when you are trying to cough them up and make a lot of noise, pull weird faces etc!

Another thing I hate is when they fly up your nose, that really bugs me and it feels disgusting!

I remembered there was a song about an old lady who swallowed a fly that my Dad used to sing to us when we were younger so I decided to do a hub on it.

There are so many flies in Western Australia that you have to be careful that you don't have your mouth open too long or you help us out by lowering the fly population !!

One place we had stopped for lunch and there were so many flies you had to talk with your hand over your mouth otherwise you would have swallowed more than 1 fly at a time.

Fly net !


Flies and more Flies

WA is full of flies !

WA is full of flies !

Fly Swats !

Watch out flies !

Watch out flies !

Tourist swallowing a fly in Melbourne!

Roller coaster riders swallow too many flies

June 25, 2010 1:00 PM  A theme park is being forced to spray a roller coaster with insect repellent -- because open-mouthed riders are swallowing flies.

June 25, 2010 1:00 PM A theme park is being forced to spray a roller coaster with insect repellent -- because open-mouthed riders are swallowing flies.

We use fly strips in the caravan

Above my bed !

Above my bed !

Answers to What Happens if you swallow a Fly!

I had a look around to see what answers there were to this question so here are some I found!

First. . . .it'll tickle your tummy while the digestive juices marinate it! Then it will pass through your body like. . . . .erm. . . . .protein! Then. . . . . .STOP INHALING THEM!

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then you must swallow a spider & things just keep getting worse

it gets stuck in your lungs and in a few days, you start to cough up maggots

you get buzzed.

Well if it's a housefly and you swallow the green stuff you get a disgusting taste ..otherwise don't worry about it..just try not to do it all the time.

You cough and splutter...sometimes you can hack it out..other times you swallow it. I know an old woman who swallowed a fly...I don't know why....

You turn into one. Don't you know that?

It's ok for you, but not too good for the fly.

You will be OK, everyone has eaten a bug or a fly at one time or another and we are still here. Don't worry, you will be OK. you will be completely fine. the average American eats like over 40 spiders a year. once that fly goes down your throat and into your stomach its dead immediately because of all the acid being produced by your body. you will be fine and you won't get sick. its actually probably good for you. most bugs have protein in them.

What really happens if you swallow a fly ?

The answer that I have found out is when you swallow a fly seems to be nothing happens , sometimes you get to cough it back up & other times it is to late so you just swallow it & carry on with your day !

Keep your mouth shut when riding or walking to avoid swallowing them as it really is a horrible feeling and can be embarrassing !

Tips on Preventing Flies Breeding

Make sure you have a rubbish bin with a tight fitting lid & keep the bin clean & closed at all times.

Wrap your rubbish tightly in 3-4 sheets of newspaper.

Don't leave uneaten food sitting around, get it wrapped & thrown away ASAP.

if you keep chickens or any caged birds make sure their cages are kept clean at all times.

Spread lawn clippings thinly on your garden not just in a big heap.

Contact your Environmental Health Officer for more advice on fly control.

Fly Jokes !

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking a round with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies," He responded.

"Oh, killing any?" She asked.

"Yep, three males, two females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked, How can you tell?

He responded, "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."



What did one firefly say to the other?
Got to glow now!

What goes "snap, crackle and pop"?
A firefly with a short circuit!

Which fly makes films?
Stephen Speilbug!

Why did the firefly keep stealing things?
He was light fingered!

Why were the flies playing football in saucer?
They where playing for the cup!

What is the difference between a fly and a bird?
A bird can fly but a fly can't bird!

Why did the fly fly?
Because the spider spied 'er!

What have you Swallowed ?

What is the worst thing you have swallowed by accident or tried deliberately ?

I have tried Frogs legs when in France , they taste like chicken and we enjoyed them , I did felt sorry for the poor frogs in their wheelchairs !

Other People . was more along the lines of a maggot. I was eating a candy bar and I unwrapped half of it and took a bite. then i unwrapped more of it and saw half a maggot wiggling around in the wrapper. I then figured out where the other half was:o i ran to the bathroom and almost threw up.....i didn't finish the candy bar and my brother could not stop laughing about it. for my first job i was a logger, comes with living in rural Vermont. Swallowing bugs was common because all the kicked up dirt and sap would attract fruit flies, Horseflies, anything you can think of.

Eventually you gain a technique for swallowing them quickly to you can keep hacking away at the trees Swallowed lots of flies, inhaled some flying beasties, got bees in the eyes...but you know what they say:
you can tell a happy cyclist by the flies on his teeth

I was practicing badminton the other day, and I went to the watercooler to fill my water bottle. When i drank from it, I felt n unusual sensation in my mouth, and I just swallowed. My friend then said he saw a fly buzzing in there. I had an epic "..." moment.

What a cool idea for a hub. What does happen if you swallow a fly... Flies are so gross, lets all grab the fly swatter. Do they still make those? :) Katie

freecampingaussie 5 weeks ago

yes !! we have 5 shaped like a hand & use them every day !Flies drive us nuts !


Q. What's the diffrence between a bird and a fly?

A. A bird can fly. But a fly can't bird

Denise Handlon 4 weeks ago

Funny hub! Great idea. I have a funny story about my daughter getting her hair caught in one of those fly strips, YUK.

freecampingaussie 4 weeks ago

I have got caught on the fly strips & hate it !They caught a lot of flies tho



Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 07, 2019:

Interesting article. Thanks.

freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on October 19, 2015:

Marching on Thanks for the visit . I have never swallowed a march fly , it sounds bad ! One went up my nose the other day which felt disgusting ..

Marching on on October 11, 2015:

I swallowed a march fly and it stung my throat on the way down and it was horrible - could feel it trying to get out of my throat but I couldn't throw it up. My throat was so numb and my lips were tingling a lot... Definitely up there with horrible things to experience

freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on August 14, 2015:

Key, Thanks for dropping by ! I swallowed a few black flies but never a green one ! I guess it feels just as horrible lol .

Key on August 13, 2015:

Is it weird that one time I drunk juice that had some maggots inside? I'm fine lmao it was when I was 10 and I'm 18.

Another time when I was outside (In Savannah), I swallowed a green fly. I was about five at that time. Forgot what they are called. Lol. But I'm fine.

freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on April 30, 2015:

peachpurple, Thanks for the visit.. Believe me .. It is NEVER on purpose and it feels weird as it goes in . They just seem to love going in your mouth ..... Some places there are so many flies they even go up your nose which I hate as well !

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 30, 2015:

eww, i can't imagine how you can swallow a fly. Was it on purpose? Mayeb the dead fly should be in your transverse colon and to the anus by now. Do you feel the wriggle?

freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on October 11, 2014:

Swallowing a fly isn't harmful just horrible ! I had one go up my nose the other day which I really hate the feel of ...

angelica on June 07, 2014:

Ok I was just sitting down eating eggs and I saw this fly flying around. After a little bit I tester something chewy and hard with my eggs and I didn't see the fly any more what souls I do

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freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on August 21, 2013:

You are fortunate as it is not a good feeling swallowing a fly lol !

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on August 21, 2013:

i dont think this has ever happened to me! Thankfully!!!

freecampingaussie (author) from Southern Spain on October 11, 2012:

When was the last time you swallowed a fly ? Share your story here !

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