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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SWD out now!

Jeffrey Hahn, Extension Entomologist

The first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) adults were detected in Minnesota last week, collected in
Adult male spotted wing drosophila (note the black spot at the
tip of the wing). Bob Koch, Univ. of MN Extension
traps at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. If you are growing susceptible fruit in your gardens, including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, or grapes, be sure to set out traps to determine when SWD is first active in your area. SWD is a very destructive invasive insect pest that can severely damage untreated susceptible fruit crops.

The best approach to managing SWD is through detection, sanitation, and insecticide treatments. For more information on SWD see Spotted wing Drosophila in home gardens.

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