Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: August 16, 2019
SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA UPDATE: AUGUST 16, 2019
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David Handley, Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist; James Dill, Pest Management Specialist; Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology/Entomology; Christina Howard, Produce Safety Professional
Spotted wing drosophila fruit fly numbers remained high at the berry farm locations where they have been over threshold for the past two weeks. While a few spots still have relatively low counts, this may be due to trap placement and/or regular pesticide applications, rather than a scarcity of flies at these locations. Susceptible crops, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and fall strawberries should remain on a protective spray schedule if ripening fruit is present. A seven-day spray interval should be adequate in most situations, but if larvae continue to be present in fruit with this interval, growers should shift to a five-day spray interval. Be sure to read and follow all pesticide product labels carefully, especially in regards to days to harvest restrictions and the number of applications allowed per growing season. Try to rotate products used regularly to prevent the possible development of resistance.
For more information on identifying spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and updates on populations around the state, visit our SWD blog.
David T. Handley
Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist
Highmoor Farm UMaine Extension Diagnostic Research Lab
P.O. Box 179 Pest Management Unit
52 U.S. Route 202 17 Godfrey Drive
Monmouth, ME 04259 Orono, ME 04473
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