There are more than 200 species of fruit flies that have been dubbed “the fruit flies killer” by the University of Florida.
It’s not just that they can infect people, kill fruit, and make you sick, it’s that they do it in broad daylight, sometimes even in restaurants.
In fact, one recent study found that the fruit fly can be caught at restaurants by someone walking around wearing a mask or other protective gear.
“They’re a very effective way to get a bite,” said Andrew Sperry, a research associate with the University at Buffalo who has researched fruit flies.
“And they’re relatively harmless.”
So when the fruitfly got you with its deadly bite, it might not have killed you if you didn’t wear a mask.
So why is this happening?
For the last decade, fruit flies have been discovered in all kinds of places, including in the soil and water of our kitchens, our homes and the food we eat.
According to Sperra, that means the fly is there, eating, and spreading its deadly genes in the food it has been eating for hundreds of millions of years.
“It’s a long-term, highly adaptive adaptation that the flies have,” Sperri said.
“That’s why they’re able to get you.”
Sperria and his team are also looking into whether there is any link between the eating habits of the fruit and the fruit’s ability to carry out the fruit-fly’s deadly genes.
The researchers are testing fruit flies in the laboratory and have found that when a fly is exposed to a specific DNA sequence from a specific gene, it does better than the flies that don’t have the mutation.
So the researchers are also investigating whether it could be a genetic adaptation to eat certain fruits that are better at eating the DNA.
It might be a way to eat fruit with a higher risk of transmission, or because of its high acidity, Sperries said.
It could be just another evolutionary advantage.
“There are some genes that are just more toxic to the flies,” Skelton said.
If there is a connection, it may be something to do with the genes that the fly uses to navigate the world.
“If you’re not eating the fruit that it’s eating, the flies might not know where to go,” he said.
So what is it that makes a fruit fly bite?
One of the reasons why the fruit bugs can cause disease in people is that they live in symbiosis with other species, according to Skelson.
“The fruit flies can be in the same water, eat the same food and they’re in the water and they can come and go and have their lives,” he explained.
Sperricy says it’s possible that fruit flies are making the environment toxic to their host by eating other fruit and that is why they can spread the disease.
“You can’t just look at the fly that’s biting you, and say, ‘Oh, this flies are causing the problem,’ ” Sperris said.
In addition to being a problem in hospitals, Spermies group is studying the impact of fruit fly infections on people in the field.
One study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, found that eating a fruit that had been infected by the fly caused people to experience severe headaches and nausea, compared to a control group that did not eat the fruit.
“We’ve shown that the disease-causing bacteria are getting into the bloodstream of people and spreading into other people’s blood,” Spermry said.
But it’s also possible that eating the infected fruit actually helped the fruit spread its deadly gene, because it may have given the fruit a chance to adapt to its new environment and kill off the flies.
So far, the study hasn’t directly linked the fruit insect to any deaths, but it does show that the infected species can infect others and cause more severe disease.
So how do you get rid of a fruit bug?
Sperrian said that it takes a combination of several strategies to kill a fruit beetle.
First, it has to be destroyed by the host’s immune system.
“One way to do that is by putting chemicals on the surface of the surface that would kill the fungus,” he told CBC News.
“Secondly, it should be broken down by the immune system, so the food is not eaten and the host is not exposed to any new infections.
Finally, you need to get rid on the fly by killing it,” he added.
The next step is to try and kill it in the lab, where Sperran and his colleagues are currently looking into the mechanisms that make the fruit bug resistant to the fly.
“Because it’s so difficult to get to the fruit, we’re really interested in getting a good sense of the mechanism of its resistance to the poison that it uses,” he concluded.
“What do the other species in the area do that the poison is not getting through