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Research Project: Augmenting Earwigs with Drones

Location: Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research

Project Number: 2092-22430-003-035-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2021
End Date: Sep 30, 2023

Examine potential of earwig augmentation in pome fruit by using drones to release earwigs.

The purpose of this study is to determine if drone releases of earwigs can be substituted for more time-consuming hand releases by checking earwig establishment post-release. We will compare hand release, drone release, and no release treatments in commercial orchards in Wenatchee (pears) and Yakima (apples). We will release ~200 immuno- and fluorescent-marked earwigs/plot in June of each year and monitor earwig establishment.