New Fruit Pest In MN 16 Aug 12

A new fruit pest has been detected in the state. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says that the spotted wing drosophila came to the US from Asia in 2008 and has spread to several western and eastern states. Now it’s been confirmed in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. The Ag Department’s Bob Koch says the pest looks like a fruit fly. He says the problem with this fly is that it can lay its eggs into healthy, intact, ripening fruit. And when those eggs hatch the larvae will feed inside the fruits and start causing the fruit to deteriorate. Koch says if you find an abundance of small, white maggots near healthy fruit at the time of harvest, you should contact the Department of Agriculture.