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Harvest Time and the Bugs That Come With It

If you grow your own vegetables, or purchase them from a farmers market, you know the amazing taste of vegetables when they are in season. A fresh squash will pack a lot more flavor than one that has been shipped across half of America. The same could be said of any fruit or vegetable. There is a lot to say about eating ripe produce. Have you ever wondered what insects you might be bringing into your home? Here is some information brought to you by your friends at Green Pest Services about the bugs you can expect in your produce. If you purchase organic food, you should know that the chances of bringing home a bug increases dramatically.

Corn Ear Worm:

A worm eating the corn

Pull back the husk of your golden corn and you might find a big fat worm. Before you throw the entire ear away, stop. It is still good. First shake the worm off into the garbage. Next, grab a knife and cut out the parts where the corn has been eaten. Now your corn is ready to go.

Fruit Flies:

fruitfly

If you bring home apples, oranges, pear, peaches, tomatoes, pineapples or any other fruit you leave on your counter, it won’t take long for you to have fruit flies. A good way to combat this problem is to wash your fruit when you bring it home. This will dislodge some of the eggs and reduce their numbers. You can also store all of you produce in the fridge. The cool temperatures will kill off the eggs. Fruit flies are also attracted to potatoes and onions, so you might want to consider doing the same practices with them as well.

Aphids:

colony of aphids

If it’s a plant and growing it could have aphids. Aphids are small green insects that drink the juices of vegetation. They love squash, kale, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, basil and most plants with juicy green leaves. If you don’t want to be eating a mouthful of aphids and eggs, wash your greens before you decide to make a delicious salad.

Carpet Beetle:

varied carpet beetle

If you get carpet beetles, they will eat your carpet, furniture and your clothes. Carpet beetles arrive into your home on fresh cut flowers. Okay, so flowers might not be a vegetable or fruit, but they can still house insects. In order to make certain you are not transporting carpet beetles, make certain the flowers you purchase come from a flower cooler. The colder temperatures will kill the beetle before it can become a problem.

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