House flies get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult house flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days. House flies are only able to feed on liquids but have the ability to turn many solid foods into a liquid form. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than a humans tongue. Larvae (called maggots) do most of the feeding and live in decaying plant material, animal feces, and trash. House flies tend to stay within 1-2 miles of where they were born; however, they have been known to migrate up to 20 miles to find food. These insects have been known to carry over 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs.