Did you know?
• Western cherry fruit fly is the primary insect pest of sweet and tart cherries in
• Damage occurs from the larva developing inside fruit and feeding on the flesh.
• Females lay eggs under the skin of fruit, and therefore, adults are targeted for control.
• Insecticides are currently the most effective control method.
• Attract-and-kill (bait plus insecticide) can be effective.
• Use of ground barriers (mulch, fabrics) can reduce pupation and fly emergence.
• Post-harvest sanitation can reduce populations.
- Diane Alson & Marion Murray