Woman opens up fig to find disgusting surprise

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If you frequently eat figs, you may never want to eat one again after seeing this video.

Youtube user Ananda Lewis heard from a friend that wasps lay eggs in figs, and wanted to test out the theory for herself.

She took a fig right from a tree in her backyard, and opened it up. She was horrified to find that the "rumor" was true. She showed the fig to the camera and said that what was moving wasn't the fig glistening; it was wasp larvae.

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The Funnel Method

Take a sheet of paper and form a cone-shaped funnel. Seal the funnel with tape and stick it into a jar or wine bottle that's baited with a small amount of apple cider vinegar or a ripe banana. Place the trap in the most afflicted area of your kitchen. The flies, not clever enough to realize that they can exit by way of the entrance, will accumulate in the jar. Once you've amassed a nice collection, either spray them with insecticide or, if you're an animal lover (and a risk-taker), release them into the great outdoors.

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The Plastic Wrap Method

Put apple cider vinegar in a small jar of bowl and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Cover the vessel with plastic wrap (fastened with a rubber band for extra security) and poke three or four holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will not only be trapped, but they will also be destined to drown. The soap in the dishwashing liquid alters the surface tension of the vinegar so that instead of landing on the surface, the flies fall in.

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We recommend using apple cider vinegar as bait. Heat it for 10 seconds in the microwave to help release the fragrances that attract the flies. If you don't have vinegar on hand, wine, tequila, and rotten or ripe fruit will also attract fruit flies. 

We don't endorse the killing of fruit flies, but it's a dog-eat-dog world out there and humans and fruit flies just can't coexist. At least not in your kitchen.  

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"It's not nasty," Lewis said, "it's natural and it's lovely." Despite this, she vowed to never eat figs again.

"They are not a fluke," she continued. "This is how wasps pollinate figs."

In addition to finding larvae, she found a dead wasp body.

According to HowStuffWorks, Lewis is right: most commercially grown figs are pollinated by wasps, and they often have at least one female wasp inside.

The video went viral, garnering over one million views.

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