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Be Aware of Blueberry Gall Midge

February 3, 2017

GEORGIA: According to the University of Georgia, reports of blueberry gall midge infestations have increased over the last couple of years. Although blueberry gall midge has historically been referred to as a rabbiteye problem, recently it has been a concern in southern highbush fields.

Blueberry gall midge affects blueberries in major blueberry-growing states throughout the U.S. Capable of causing extensive damage, gall midge larvae feed on developing floral and vegetative buds in southern highbush blueberries. The infested buds appear dry and shriveled, and eventually disintegrate. Severe gall midge infestations can cause up to 80% crop loss if left uncontrolled. Timliness is key to managing gall midge infestations.

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