This is the part of summer that brings out garden pests in droves. While there are many active right now, two are particularly significant, according to the University of Minnesota Extension.
In the fruit garden
It’s tiny but it’s devastating. The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) can devastate certain summer fruit crops, including floricane raspberries, June bearing strawberries and blueberries.
The spotted wing Drosophila is tiny and resembles the common fruit fly you’ll see hovering above over-ripe fruit. The experts at UM Extensions suggest that you can identify the males easier than the females by their distinctive wings. Look for clear wings with a black dot near the tip of the wing.
SWD larvae eat their way through…