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Multiple biological control agents target SWD, including predators, parasitoids, nematodes and microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. Predators ambush and eat SWD, removing a substantial portion of them from the production system.
Commercial fruit growers use trapping to monitored for adult SWD in fields and field borders. They monitor other fruits for infestation using a fruit dunk flotation technique.
Several factors should be considered when designing the best insecticide application strategy against spotted-wing drosophila (SWD). The level of control achieved will depend on the life-stage makeup of the SWD population; the product...