Two female and two male SWD were caught in traps checked on July 12, 2016 that are set in a blueberry planting in Washington County. These traps are being monitored by Annie Mills, technician, and Laura McDermott, Extension educator, with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
This is the second consecutive week of trap catch indicating sustained trap captures. Once sustained catch is attained, traps in the network are taken down.
A fruit sample was collected from this planting and checked via salt flotation - no eggs or larvae were found in the fruit.
Do keep a close eye on your berry crops, plan to protect them from SWD, and practice clean picking, sanitation and post-harvest refrigeration to keep SWD populations down. Find information on the Cornell Fruit Resources Spotted Wing Drosophila website.