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First catch Livingston County

3 SWD were caught in traps checked on July 6, 2017 — 2 female and 1 male were found in the trap set on the edge of the small blueberry planting at this location.

Checking fruit for larva with salt flotation.

Practice these IPM tactics for managing SWD:

  • trapping to know when SWD has arrived at the fruit planting;
  • carefully monitoring the ripening fruit crop — consider salt flotation assays;
  • sanitation — immediate disposal of over-ripe or infested fruit;
  • sanitation — clean harvesting fruit;
  • pruning and weed management to maintain good air and sunlight penetration into the planting;
  • protecting the crop with insecticide treatments or exclusion netting;
  • refrigeration of harvested fruit.

These traps are being serviced by Jennifer Damon for Dave Thorp, extension educator, Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Nicole Mattoon, IPM field technician, and Taylere Herrmann, IPM summer technician, with the NYS IPM Program are identifying the insects caught in the traps.

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