SWD Alert in South Carolina Today! (1:20pm, Fri, 3/25/16)
This is just in from Clemson Cooperative Extension
From: Zach Snipes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Subject: PEST ALERT!!!!
I hope you all are enjoying Good Friday. I found spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in Beaufort County today. If you have strawberries you need scout your fields now. The grower was throwing away 70-80% of red fruit. The adult lays an egg inside of the strawberry and the larvae develop inside the berry. The result is a berry with a soft spot. If you dig around into the soft spot with a knife or pen you can find clear/cream/white maggots. Check all of your red fruit. I have attached 4 pictures of the insect and its damage. The recommendations for management of this serious pest can be found here: http://www.smallfruits.org/SmallFruitsRegGuide/Guides/2016/2016SEStrawberryIPMGuide.pdf. Entrust is OMRI approved for organic growers. Please pass on to any berry growers you know. Thanks.
Fig. 1 Typical soft spot…similar look to water soaking
Clemson Cooperative Extension Service
County Agent-Charleston & Beaufort Counties
Commercial Vegetables and Small Fruits
Resource mentioned by Zack: 2016 SE Strawberry IPM Guide
From the Guide, this is specific info on SWD management: