KENTON — The spotted wing drosophila is a small vinegar fly and has the potential to damage many fruit crops in Ohio.
The relatively new pest attacks blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes and peaches, causing damage to fresh-ripened fruit.
Dr. Celeste Welty, OSU Department of Entomology and State Specialist Jim Jasinski, associate professor, Department of Extension, Integrated Pest Management Program will present a 90-minute webinar on the spotted wing drosophila.
Attendees will learn the basics of adult monitoring with traps, cultural controls, how to manage the pest with insecticides once detected, and how to determine if fruit are infested with larvae using a simple salt water test.
The free webinar will be held at the Hardin County Extension office at 1021 W. Lima St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.