Can fruit flies transmit disease?

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Summer often teems with mosquitoes and seems to be the most popular season among fruit flies. They are most happy to eat very ripe fruit and vinegar. Some wonder if the critters can transmit harmful bacteria to our food. We’ll tell you.

It’s not just the temperatures that often give us a hard time; the animals that summer brings can also make the hot season quite miserable with their nocturnal buzzing and biting. Fruit flies, too, probably have a lobby among very few people, but are they particularly annoying and harmful?

The fear of disease transmission is unjustified.
Anyone who leaves their fruit lying around for too long or doesn’t close the vinegar bottle properly is likely to have made the acquaintance of fruit flies on more than one occasion. Before you know it, they appear in droves and can only be chased away with great difficulty (although a little trick makes it much faster).

Some people are annoyed by the little animals and worried because they fear the little flies can transmit dangerous bacteria. But we can reassure them: Unlike houseflies and blowflies, which can transmit germs that can trigger stomach diseases, among other things, according to the S.Z., the pests are relatively harmless.

Too small to be dangerous
In an interview with Der Spiegel, the well-known criminal biologist Mark Benecke explains why no one should be afraid of animals:

They’re so small that the amounts of bacteria they could carry are tiny. The only worry is that the fruit (some of which contains very little sugar and is particularly refreshing in summer) might go bad more quickly.

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