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Tik Tok Hack Reveals Bugs Hiding In Strawberries

If you haven’t seen the various Tik Toks of people cleaning their strawberries with salt water, you should really check it out! Some of the bugs strawberry fanatics have found can be a little disturbing. 

But there’s no need to panic over these bugs. In fact, you’ve probably eaten hundreds of them in your lifetime. This, however, doesn’t stop people from feeling grossed out by the idea that their strawberries are filled with these tiny creatures. 

What Are Those Tiny Bugs In My Strawberries?

The bugs most found in strawberries are spotted wing drosophilas (thrips), or fruit flies as they’re commonly known. Those are the tiny little white bugs wiggling around in a lot of the videos. The spotted wing drosophilas lay eggs inside unripe strawberries so they can such the nutrients out of the fruit. After submerging your strawberries in saltwater, the eggs will hatch and the bugs will come crawling out. People may also find various maggots, mites, and other aphids if they do attempt to soak their strawberries in salt water.

There are currently no studies about these nasty little bugs being harmful to humans. In fact, you’ll probably never find one through the naked eye unless you thoroughly wash your strawberries. Having a bug or two in your fruit won’t kill you, it’s part of the experience if you do eat any kind of fresh produce. Any kind of bug such as a thrip, aphid, or even a worm is fine for consumption by FDA standards as long as it doesn’t affect the food’s aesthetic. You should still, however, always wash your fruit properly.   

Are The Bugs In Strawberries Dangerous?

No, these bugs are basically harmless, but there are some other things in your strawberries you should be worried about. Aside from these tiny bugs, other factors can also contaminate your fresh produce such as:

  • Bugs and pests
  • Bacteria 
  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Dirt and feces

While out in the fields, your strawberries may have come across many other pests. For this reason, farms often use pesticides and insecticides to deter harmful pests like bugs and rodents. These pests can leave behind feces and other harmful bacteria. Luckily, pesticides like bifenthrin and permethrin are incredibly powerful and keep most pests away.   

Although they do help kill and get rid of insects and rodents, pesticides are primarily used to protect produce from being ravaged by pests. This does not automatically mean they are completely safe and clean. These pesticides can still be harmful to humans. Produce should still be washed thoroughly before it’s consumed. 

How To Properly Wash Strawberries

Many experts advise against producing washing products and solutions. These products may be harmful to ingest, according to many experts’ studies. And simply soaking your produce in water may not eliminate everything. Best, safest, and most proven way to get rid of anything nasty in your produce is to use baking soda and water. 

You can also use other natural products in your home to clean your produce such as salt, apple cider vinegar, and white vinegar mixed with water. The FDA also recommends following these instructions when cleaning and preparing produce:

  1. Wash hands thoroughly with soapy water. 
  2. Cut away any damaged or rotting parts of the produce. 
  3. Soak in a water solution with either baking soda, salt, or vinegar. 
  4. Rinse the produce with water and gently clean everything off the produce. 
  5. Dry product with a clean rag or paper towel.
  6. Peel or remove outer layers and skin if the produce has it.