"The bugs blend in with the seeds and start crawling out of them." Obviously, you let the salt dissolve first. TikTok Bugs In Strawberries in Salt Waterf you like strawberries, these videos may put you off the fruit for life. Several TikTok users have shared videos explaining that store-bought strawberries may not be fit to eat after just a quick rinse. @babyadrianne says that we should all be washing our strawberries with water and salt. He points out that insect life is on the menu in many parts of the world, and is widely viewed as nutritious and healthy protein. TikTok users are freaking out over a video that purports to show bugs squirming out of strawberries — which, admittedly, is a little freaky-sounding. That's when some of the seeds started wiggling and the little worms started crawling out, and if that's not enough to ruin your strawberry shortcake, then nothing is. It’s not just one video, either. No signs, that is, until they were soaked in salt water. "As strawberries develop, there simply isn’t a way for insects to get in without making holes — though admittedly, they can be very tiny — in the surface of the fruit or the berry cap," she says. Aside from USDA regulations, spotted wing drosophilia don't survive winter very well, and also hate really hot conditions, so they don't actually endanger strawberry season. The videos show that soaking the fruit in salt and water for 30 minutes removes bugs from them. A TikTok video shows worms coming out of strawberries after the fruit was soaked in saltwater. Kathleen Demchak, senior associate, Penn State University, Michael Raupp Ph.D., professor of entomology, University of Maryland, Doug Yanega Ph.D., senior museum scientist, University of California. She wrote: “After nearly 25 years of … strawberries that may have encountered bug life can be sold. Soaking berries for 10 minutes or so in a salt-water or sugar-water solution can prompt the larvae to exit the fruit, as evidenced in these creepy-crawly videos. "The berries are still safe to eat," she says. All rights reserved. "If there are strawberries being sold with small insects inside them, then I would assume that it is either so rare as to be well below the USDA guidelines, or they are being sold by vendors who are bypassing the USDA inspection and grading process," Yanega says. Experts tell Bustle that there's no reason to worry. Demchak adds that some insects are often good for fruit, as they keep other predators and problems at bay. "The consensus seems to be that the culprit was spotted wing drosophila, an invasive fruit fly that’s been present in the continental U.S. for about a decade," Demchak, who specializes in fruit fly research, says. TikTok Strawberries sitting in water and salt. The video shows when washing strawberries in salt water, tiny little bugs come out of them. “Apparently if you wash your strawberries in water and salt, all the bugs will come out,” TikTok user Seleste Radcliffe said in a video showing her … Bottom line: those bugs aren't going to hurt you. On the popular platform, people have been posting videos of themselves soaking strawberries in salt water for 30 minutes to see whether bugs come out of them. TikTok Strawberry Videos Show Bugs and Worms crawling out of Strawberries Soaked in Salt Water. People are soaking their strawberries in salt water to see if bugs live inside them. Under the hashtag #strawberrieswithbugs, seemingly endless videos show people investigating this claim. Before you freak out, here's the bottom line: Finding bugs in fresh produce isn’t anything new. tiktok.com As if the world doesn't have enough to worry about right now, a TikTok went viral in May in which strawberries soaked in salt water suddenly released a lot of little bugs. You read that correctly. TikTok Bugs In Strawberries in Salt Water f you like strawberries, these videos may put you off the fruit for life. The video was posted a few days ago by Seleste Radcliffe and already has over 2.5 million views on TikTok and over 90 thousand likes. spotted wing drosophilia don't survive winter very well. The videos seemed to show perfectly ordinary-looking strawberries, with no signs of spoilage, rot, or alien invader-larvae. The video prompted a lot of people to suddenly panic that their pandemic-specialty strawberry tarts could have unexpected extra ingredients.