Shock Summer Story - Fruit Flies Can Kill You!
Top doctor is warning Britons to be on fruit fly alert, as these pesky little bugs could be spreading harmful diseases and bacteria.
“Fruit flies can be potentially harmful to health due to their ability to contaminate food and spread certain diseases,” said Dr Theobalds.
“They are attracted to ripe or decaying fruits and vegetables, as well as sugary substances.
“So, when they land on these foods, they can transfer bacteria and other pathogens from their bodies and lay eggs on the surface.
“If a fruit fly comes into contact with food that is then consumed by humans without proper washing or cooking, there is a risk of disease transmission.”
Dr Theobald says consuming contaminated food can lead to foodborne illnesses, such as gastroenteritis.
Disease can also be transmitted through spreading germs from other surfaces they’ve previously been present on.
“While fruit flies are not typically known to transmit diseases to humans, they can carry and spread certain microorganisms,” added Dr Theobalds.
“For example, they can pick up harmful bacteria in unsanitary environments and transport them to your kitchen, posing a risk of infection.”
Fruit flies can also carry allergens on their bodies which could trigger reactions for people with allergies or asthma.
“These allergens may trigger respiratory issues when inhaled or come into contact with surfaces,” said Dr Theobalds.
Some individuals may have allergic reactions to fruit fly bites.
“These reactions could be mild, such as localised skin irritation, or more severe, leading to anaphylaxis in rare case,” added Dr Theobalds.
But a few simple measures can greatly reduce the risk of them entering your home.
Proper Food Storage:
Store fruits and vegetables in sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Keep your kitchen clean and wipe up any spills or food remnants promptly. Fruit flies are attracted to rotting or fermenting substances, so proper storage can deter them from laying eggs on your food.
Clean your kitchen regularly, especially areas where fruit flies might find moisture or food residues, such as sinks, countertops, and garbage bins. Dispose of organic waste in sealed trash containers.
Remove Overripe Fruits:
Remove any overripe fruits or vegetables from your kitchen. If you have a compost bin, make sure it is tightly sealed to prevent fruit flies from breeding there.
Use Fruit Fly Traps:
You can set up fruit fly traps using simple household items. One effective trap is to fill a small container with apple cider vinegar and cover it with plastic wrap, poking a few small holes in the wrap. Fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar and will enter the container, but they won't be able to escape.
Keep Windows and Doors Closed:
Make sure your doors and windows have screens to prevent fruit flies from entering your home from outside.
Inspect Incoming Fruit and Veg:
Check fruits and vegetables for signs of fruit fly infestations before bringing them into your home. If you find any, discard them properly to avoid introducing fruit flies to your living space.
“By implementing these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of fruit fly infestations and the potential health risks associated with them” added Dr Theobalds.
“If you are worried about any potential health concerns caused by fruit flies in your home, please contact a medical professional”