Questions about SWD
I have spotted wing drosophila in my blackberries :(.
I have read several of the threads on the topic here -- horribly sad stories of people ripping out their orchards -- and some of the extension websites (Davis, OSU, etc.). I have a few questions that I am hoping you folks will have answers to.
- Do the flies only go for fresh fruit, or also for composting? I froze a lot of peaches yesterday, and put the peels in my compost pile. Then I wondered if I should not have done that. Should I not put any fruit stuff in the compost, and pick out what is there?
- Has anyone found a cheap source for large quantities of netting? I'd love to find something about 20 feet wide, or more, and about 50 feet long.
- I got friends to help me pick up every dropped blackberry, and everything black in color off the bushes, and put in ziploc bags in the trash. Was this the right thing to do? Luckily I got 2/3 of my crop before the flies moved in.
- Are my grapes safe if the fruit is undamaged? I have a huge crop, and normally leave them on the vine until December, because they keep that long if unpicked. Do I need to do something different this year?
My head is swimming with the magnitude of this problem. I am grateful for any advice.