Fruit flies could threaten Maines blueberry crop

7:05 PM, Jan 11, 2012   |    comments
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WINTERPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Researchers in Maine are spreading the word -- beware of the fruit fly.

The Spotted Wing Drosophila is native to China, Korea and Japan but researchers at the University of Maine have found the tiny insect in Maine.

While the fly only lives for about two weeks, the problem, says horticulturist David Yarborough is that one fly can lay around one hundred eggs a day and the fly lays its eggs in soft fruits.

Researchers say Maines blueberry crops could be a feast the fruit fly wont be able to resist. Experts say the flies are easily controlled by insecticides but they are hoping to avoid using the chemicals.


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