ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on December 24, 2015
freecampingaussie profile image

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 ?

Ideas For A Hub

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!

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



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Southern Spain

      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 ..

    • profile image

      Marching on 

      3 years ago

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Southern Spain

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

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Southern Spain

      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 !

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Southern Spain

      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 ...

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      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

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Informative Site Hello guys here are some links that contains information which you might find useful yourselves. It is Worth Checking out. cggdedffcdbk

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern Spain

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

    • sparkleyfinger profile image

      Lynsey Harte 

      5 years ago from Glasgow

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

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)