Managing insect pests of soft fruit crops pending spotted wing drosophila appearance

The crop protection products commonly used to control spotted wing drosophila can often have an adverse effect on predators and beneficial insects used to control other insect pests of soft fruit crops. This factsheet offers guidance on how to manage the control of these other pests early in the season so that the impact of SWD control measures is less damaging. It includes helpful information on:

  • The impact of SWD control products on predators and IPM programmes
  • Strategies for controlling two-spotted spider mite, tarsonemid mite, western flower thrips and glasshouse whitefly

This information was last updated in 2014.

Useful links

Useful information on spotted wing drosophila

Management and control of spotted wing drosophila

Disposing of fruit waste affected by spotted wing drosophila

AHDB funded research on spotted wing drosophila