Spotted Wing Drosophila Alert and Berry Notes — August 25, 2023
David Handley, Vegetable and Small Fruit Specialist; James Dill, Pest Management Specialist, Phil Fanning, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology, Christina Howard, Maine New Farmer Project Manager
Spotted Wing Drosophila:
We were unable to collect samples from our traps last week, due to staffing shortages. So, the numbers collected this week reflect two weeks’ worth of drosophila. We have divided the counts by two in the table to provide a crude weekly average. These averages indicate that the numbers of spotted wing drosophila caught in our traps have been rising in all locations. At all sites, numbers are over control thresholds, so regular sprays are recommended to protect ripening fruit.
At this point, a 5-7 day schedule of sprays may be needed to minimize fruit infestation in fields.
Remember that good sanitation can help reduce spotted wing drosophila numbers in a field. Pick fruit frequently; do not allow fruit to get over ripe. Keep rotten fruit off of the plants and the ground as much as possible and open up the planting to improve air and light penetration by trellising hanging canes and branches, and removing small lower branches that provide shade and humidity favored by these insects.
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
P.O. Box 179
Monmouth, ME 04259
UMaine Extension Diagnostic Research Lab
Pest Management Unit
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Orono, ME 04473
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|Town||Spotted Wing Drosophila weekly trap catch 8/4/23||Spotted Wing Drosophila weekly trap catch 8/11/23||Spotted Wing Drosophila trap catch from 8/14/23 – 8/25/2023||Average trap catch for the past two weeks|
|Monmouth (unsprayed plot)||43||114||1,408||704|