That’s enough to keep you away from strawberries for life! Stomach-burrowing microscopic shots reveal the creepy crawlies hiding in the fruit
- When viewed under a microscope, many small mites were seen on the fruit
- Strawberry mites and spider mites usually live on the surface of the fruit
- Harrowing though they may be, it is widely understood that they will not harm you
Do you eat strawberries alone? Think again.
Stomach rippling footage showed a glimpse of the creepy crawlers lurking in the fruit.
Twitter exploded this week after users saw the shocking moment a strawberry was examined under a microscope.
In a close-up of only one side of the fruit, many tiny mites can be seen wriggling on its surface.
The user who shared it said: “Having a good day today? I’m sorry for ruining it by posting this video of a strawberry under a microscope.
When viewed under a microscope, many tiny mites were seen wriggling all over the fruit
Strawberry mites and spider mites usually live on the surface of these fruits. Harrowing though they may be, it is widely understood that they will not harm you
Should you worry about insects on your fruit?
While gruesome, it is widely understood that consuming strawberry bugs is not harmful.
But, Drew Patterson, director of culinary at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains, there are a few things you have to worry about when it comes to produce.
“There’s always a risk when you buy something that grows in the ground or grows naturally that it might pick up dirt, sand or gravel, so washing it under water can help get it out,” he told Dailymail.com.
Of course, you can’t just wash off bacteria with water – you have to use soap. But at least you minimized your risk.
Bacterial hazards often fall on the hands of those who pick fruit without washing their hands after going to the toilet.
Ingestion of bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses are found in the stool.
Upon watching the video, many commenters said they would think twice about eating unwashed strawberries again.
One user said, ‘I sometimes convince myself I can eat one piece of fruit before washing it, and oh yeah, it screwed me up that I now have flashbacks every time I ate a strawberry before washing it and want to cry. ”
Another added: “That’s why you wash your food!”
Although horrific, it is widely understood that consuming these insects is not harmful.
Greg Loeb, entomologist and professor at Cornell University He previously told CNN: If you eat fresh produce, you eat insects.
“But the real point is, there are organisms on your fruit and even if it makes people uncomfortable, it certainly won’t harm them. Eating these insects won’t make you sick.
Among the insects aptly called strawberry mites – the only pests at all Found in strawberries.
At just 0.25 mm long, these insects often look like water droplets under a microscope as they curl up in leaves, according to Visers.
Spider mite is also one of the most common insects that often infest strawberry plants Leaves turn brown when feathered on their undersides.
Growing strawberries in high temperatures in crowded greenhouses can exacerbate the chance of severe pest infestations, which can lead to plant death.
Yikes: TikTok user @31toni had a similar experience soaking fresh strawberries in a bowl of salt water
Creepy Crawl: Looks like one of the bugs on the strawberry has another bug
That is why the The Royal Horticultural Society He recommends spraying the plants with water regularly to combat this.
Pesticides may also be considered as another option for dealing with an infestation.
The video comes after the trend of washing strawberries exploded on TikTok in 2020, with many realizing that small worms and insects crawl out of the fruit when soaked in water.
For those in the United States, it was said that the worms were likely “Drosophila spotted wing larvae,” according to Cloud Mountain Farm Center.
It is said to lay its eggs on fruits such as strawberries, cherries, and blueberries before the larvae crawl out from within.