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Penn State Monitoring Efforts for Spotted Wing Drosophila in Strawberries

Posted: May 10, 2011

Just so folks are aware, we are monitoring for spotted wing drosophila in strawberries across the state. I don’t expect any large problems in this crop since strawberries ripen so early in the season, but this will alert us to any needed action before any potential problems get out of hand, and should serve as an early warning system for other crops in case the pest is present.
Kathy Demchak, Department of Horticulture
 

Extension educators who are participating are Steve Bogash, Bob Pollock, Tom Butzler, Tianna Dupont, Tim Elkner, John Esslinger, Tom Ford, Scott Guiser, Eric Oesterling, and Andy Muza. We’ll keep you posted on what we find. If you want to monitor on your own farm, or just want more information, here is a good publication with lots of pictures:   http://ipm.wsu.edu/small/pdf/SWD_Bulletin_Eastern_WA_v1_04.pdf.