Tiny white worms in blackberries

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  1. GardenMaman

    GardenMaman New Member

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    I have an 8 year old thornless blackberry plant that produces large sweet fruit. When we picked a bumper crop last year, we put what we couldn't eat right away in the fridge. Imagine my surprise to find some little while worms on the surface after a few hours of refrigeration! I think they were in the fruit all along. I didn't see them when I rinsed the fruit. Is there a way to prevent them? Are they harmful? (Well, at least I'm still alive.)
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Spotted wing Drosophila (via Virginia Tech extension), a newish introduced fruit pest in the region:

    Some folks advocate the overnight water bath in the fridge method to kill them. In order to prevent them, the chemical controls look more applicable to commercial production than homeowner (from that site, anyway).

    We've all eaten insects in our food -- I suppose one could be philosophical about the extra protein these provide.
     
  3. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    None of the sites I have visited seems willing to say whether it would be harmful to eat them or not. With all the blackberries and other berries consumed I am sure people have been consuming the maggots. I have noticed that the earlier pickings have a lot less maggots. I also prefer the flavor of the fruit before it is overly ripe, so I try to pick early crops for my jelly.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    I joined this forum specifically to ask about this tiny worm/maggot on my blackberries and raspberries and see that others have experienced this problem too. does anyone know of an organic remedy or control?
     
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    Have a look at this thread http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=86651
     
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    thank you, sundrop....this thread and the related links are most helpful. thanks again!
     

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