Be careful of a certain pests in berries
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:47 GMT —
If you like to grow berries, then you want to be on the lookout for a pesky pest.
Since 2008, there have been reports of the Spotted Wing Drosophila.
These pests have brown spots on their wings. They can be found in berries, like raspberries and black berries, and even on cracked tomatoes.
The adults can be found under the leaves. But the females lays their eggs on the berries. The larva can then feed off the berries making them soft.
So what can you do to get rid of them? Trap them.
"This is a type a trap that you use it is just a clear plastic container You can also use a container from a convenient store or use a jar of peanut butter or mayonnaise and you fill it with a bait. The bait is water sugar and yeast," said Jennifer Schutter University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist.
Ag experts also say you can also get rid of the pests by spraying a pesticide. But you will need to wait closer to the harvest season to do it and you have to spray carefully.