Ever cut open a papaya and find small worm-like bugs? They are most likely the larvae of papaya fruit flies. Fortunately, adult papaya fruit flies resemble wasps but do not sting people.
I grow my own papayas, and I find the squirming larvae of these insects all too often. Adult papaya fruit flies are able to bore very tiny holes into papayas that are not visible to my eyes, and they lay their eggs in the seed cavity of papayas.
Fortunately, I have discovered something interesting about these bugs. And that is that these bugs do not like the cold.
After a few hours in a refrigerator, these insects borrow their way out of the papayas. I assume they are trying to escape the cold by searching for heat.
Since I donít want these bugs crawling on my other food in my refrigerator before they die from the cold, I place each papaya in its own clear plastic bag, such as a produce bag from the supermarket, before putting them in the refrigerator.
As a result, I can quickly determine if there are any bugs in the papayas without having to cut them open and without the mess of having to clean up the dead bugs too.
If you are interested in preventing these infestations on your papayas, then I recommend that you read this article.
by Phil for Humanity