Spotted Wing Drosophila: Pest Management Recommendations for Southeastern Blueberries

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The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is a recently discovered invasive species native to parts of East Asia. It was first detected in the continental United States in California in 2008 and in Hillsborough County, Florida in 2009. Since then, the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has spread to over 28 counties in Florida. SWD is polyphagous, meaning it feeds on many different host plants, including most thin-skinned fruits. The major hosts of concern to the Florida agriculture industry are blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and grapes.

This fact sheet, developed by University of Florida, discusses Integrated Pest Management techniques for managing the pest, specifically in blueberries. The program focuses on effective monitoring, cultural control and use of selective pesticides.

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