Both sexes feed on blood, and the meals are a few days apart. Stable flies prefer cattle blood, so in the barn, they rarely attack humans. The stable flies that stray into living quarters, however, are likely to put their proboscis in humans. They mostly bite legs and it hurts, it almost feels like a needle prick. Stable flies only bite during the day, and usually there is no doubt regarding the diagnosis. Stable flies can be a nuisance for humans and animals because of their painful bites, but there is nothing, which suggests that they are transmitters of diseases.
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