Early Detection, Rapid Response
Evidence from other countries has shown that early detection and rapid response is crucial to minimising the impact of SWD on soft and stone fruit crops. Priority is to begin monitoring early to ensure that control measures can be put in place as soon as adults are found and before they have time to start laying eggs on developing fruits. The recommendation is for monitoring to start in March and continue through to November.
To ensure that damaged fruit is not sent to market, it is vital that fruit is inspected and sampled both before picking and afterwards to check for the presence of larvae. Delivering infested fruit will damage a grower’s reputation with the customer.
Click here to find out how to monitor for damaged fruit and larvae.
Spotted Wing Drosophila: A guide (click on the headings below to explore more information)