Some Artificial Sweeteners Kill Flies
In the past few years, many have wondered about the effects of artificial sweeteners on the human body. While some speculate that certain artificial sweeteners cause cancer, it has been proven that a certain sweetener does kill flies.
Truvia® Artificial Sweetner
Researches at Drexel university got the idea to test Truvia from the ninth grader of one of the paper’s co-authors. For his science fair project, he decided to test the effects of various sugars and sugar substitutes on fly health and longevity. The testing found that within six days, all of the flies in the Truvia vials were dead.
Erythritol as an Insecticide
With these findings, the professors at Drexel University decided to do more in-depth testing. This testing determined that a specific ingredient of Truvia, Erythritol, is what causes flies to die when it is ingested. When raised on Truvia, flies only live for 5.8 days on average, compared to between 38.6 to 50.6 days for flies raised on table sugar and foods without Truvia.
An interesting twist is that not all artificial sweetners kill flies. Even though Truvia and Purevia both contain extracts from the stevia plant, only Truvia was found to kill the flies prematurely. This ruled the stevia plant extract out as the cause of death for the flies tested and allowed researchers to narrow down Erythritol as the killer. The flies that consumed food containing Truvia showed motor impairments prior to their deaths. By day 7 of the study, flies that were raised on Truvia showed a decreased ability to climb compared to flies raised on nutritive foods.
Effects on Pest Control for Flies
Many studies have proven Erythritol to be very well tolerated by humans, making Erythritol a likely human-safe insecticide for fly control. The next time you have flies that won’t go away, try applying Truvia as a bait and see if there is any reduction in fly activity a week later. Or call your local pest control company.