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First catch in Steuben County

Two male SWD were caught in a trap set on the edge of a blueberry planting on June 27, 2017 in Steuben County. The blueberries at this site are mostly green, but beginning to ripen. Traps at this site are being monitored by Stephanie Mehlenbacher, extension educator with Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Unripe blueberry fruit is too hard for SWD to lay eggs in and doesn't warrant treatment with insecticide.

It will be important to take steps to manage SWD in your berry crops this year. Here are some resources:

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