Evaluating Mass Trapping as a Tool for Non-Chemical Spotted Wing Drosophila Management [fi25]
|Status||approved: Apr 2019 to Mar 2022|
|Project Lead||E.S. Cropconsult|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Blueberry Council , E.S. Cropconsult , Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association|
This project will evaluate the potential for using mass trapping as a non-chemical management tool for spotted wing drosophilia (SWD), a major pest that is having a high economic toll on Fraser Valley berry growers. Climate change could increase pest pressure from SWD as mild winters and unpredictable summer weather create ideal conditions for the pest to multiply.
Climate change is also making the use of chemical sprays less effective as unpredictable wet weather in the spring and summer limit the use and success of sprays.
Mass trapping aims to reduce pest populations by using a high density of traps to reduce pest levels to the point where the economic impact on the crop is reduced through mitigating crop losses and reducing input costs. This project will study mass trapping for three field seasons in 8-10 blueberry fields across the Fraser Valley.
Researchers will evaluate the potential and feasibility of mass trapping as a per-field management tool for SWD. The results from this project can be used to inform strategies for managing pests in organic or conventional blueberry fields and other small fruit crops.