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Pesky Fruit Flies

Nasty fruit fly being held in check, for now

Pest caused nearly $5M in local damages in 2012

Owner John Hand picks raspberries at Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich on Tuesday.
Owner John Hand picks raspberries at Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich on Tuesday.
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Right now, Scotch Ridge Berry Farm’s late-season blueberries can be found at local farmers markets. Last year at this time, they could only be found rotting beneath the berry bushes. “We walked away from our late blueberry crop. The fruit fly was in there and we wouldn’t take a chance on picking it,” recalled Charles Holub, owner of the Duanesburg farm. The insect he spoke of isn’t a run-of-the-mill fruit fly. Unlike its relatives that ...


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