A new University of Florida study shows that farmers can use a yeast-sugar-water mixture to monitor populations of spotted wing drosophila, a pest that is causing millions in crop damage each year. Farmers can conduct a test to determine if the spotted wing drosophila is in their field by punching holes near the upper rim of a covered plastic cup and pouring in a yeast-sugar-water mix to about one inch high in the cup. Adding a drop of dishwashing liquid to thicken the bait keeps the bugs from escaping. UF/IFAS scientists recommend two traps per acre, checked once a week. The monitoring traps can help producers identify populations of spotted wing drosophila so that they can take appropriate control measures.
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