Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: August 30, 2019
SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA UPDATE: AUGUST 30, 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 continue to rise at most of the berry farm locations we’re monitoring. All sites are now over the recommended spray threshold to prevent fruit from becoming infested with larvae. 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 a five-day interval may become necessary if larvae continue to be present in fruit with the seven-day 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. 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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