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By Cory Eberhart
For the Sentinel 

‘Dracula Fly’ attacking county

“KILL ME IF YOU SEE ME”: That’s the deadly warning given among fruit growers about the “Dracula Fly,” the Spotted Wing Drosophila.

They’re here.

This summer significant population of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) showed up in Klickitat County orchards and berry growing areas.

Oregon was ahead of Washington and before that, California was ahead of Oregon, as this Southeast Asian native has invaded northward.

In 2010, OSU researchers received grant money from the USDA to come up with ways to control this increasingly destructive pest that has been called the Dracula Fly.

Unlike the common fruit fly (known as the vinegar or wine fly) that propagates within already spoiled fruit, SWD attacks good fruit still ripening on the tree.

Growers in the Columbia Gorge fruit producing area of the county saw losses to blueberry...

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