Spotted Wing Drosophila – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Spotted Wing Drosophila

We have not yet heard any reports of damage from spotted wing drosophila. Our short history with this pest is that damage will commence in early July. Growers should have their SWD traps in place now. Spraying should begin when the first SWD is caught in a trap or the first damage is observed. Because of the short life cycle of this pest, many growers have found that a 5-day spray schedule is required for good control. Be sure to rotate among the various modes of action for the insecticides available for use on your crop to avoid resistance. Check the Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide for the insecticides recommended for each of your crops.


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