Sep 28, 2015
Penn State: Final SWD update for berry growers

Spotted wing drosophila is present just about anywhere we look these days —even in berry fields where fruit is no longer present.

At this point, this mainly matters to growers of fall raspberries, blackberries, and day-neutral strawberries. Strawberries aren’t typically the favorite host for spotted wing drosophila (SWD), but they can be affected. In many cases, a short shelf-life is the first clue that there is an SWD problem, so please see our earlier article on how to check fruit for SWD presence if that is the case. The fact sheet “Spotted Wing Drosophila Part 4: Management” discusses what you can do to control this pest.

Click here to view all of Penn State’s Spotted Wing Drosophila Fact Sheets.

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