NMSU entomologist warns of new invasive fruit fly arrival to New Mexico

The Asian fruit fly Drosophila suzukii, commonly known as the spotted wing drosophila, has landed in New Mexico, and poses a problem for soft fruit farmers. The fly lays its eggs in fruits such as grapes, strawberries, blackberries, cherries and raspberries. The fly can also go through multiple generations during a single growing season, so they could build up very quickly. Tessa Grasswitz, NMSU Extension integrated pest management specialist says that the pesticides that are being used in other states on the fly are not available yet in New Mexico, and until the pesticide is registered in New Mexico, growers don’t have many options. “The spotted wing drosophila has destroyed existing integrated pest management programs for native pests of soft fruit crops in other states,” she said. “I am working with manufacturers to get some of the key pesticides registered with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture so that our growers have more control options.” Read more here!

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