The pests are so small and insignificant that the plant doesn’t suffer as much as you would think. I find quite a few of the worms on the sheet and I try to not dump them in the bag. I’ve just been dropping the discards on the ground for the dog but there are a lot of berries on the ground. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. can become a nuisance in gardens due to their prickly stems and their habit of resprouting from their roots. The past two years we have picked the red raspberries and promptly fed them to the chickens because of finding so many worms. Good luck whatever you do! You can use an organic pesticide to get rid of these pests. The goal is to prevent the bugs from coming back. In some cases, getting rid of the tiny larvae is not necessary at all. It’s a tiny 1/4″ long beetle that comes out in the spring and lays it’s eggs near the blossom and when the fruit forms, the egg hatches and then you have the worms. Hi Kendra. It is most likely the Spotted Wing Drosophila that the author of this article is writing about. The difference between the SWD and regular fruit flies, besides the tell-tale black spot on the male fly’s wings, is that while everyday fruit flies generally lay eggs in overripe or damaged fruit, Spotted Wing Drosophila have a more aggressive approach. A second application after bloom may be required to kill all the worms. This opens up the floodgates for weeds and bugs to flourish. Sometimes it’s better to just not know, huh?! Another good method to monitor infestations is to use a trap. I’m not glad that any of us have this problem but it’s also good that we can share info. It’s super easy to identify when they’ve hit your patch. Sadly by the time we lost the crop, most of our inventory for sales, like boxes etc. Then, pop them in the refrigerator for a day or two. They are usually greenish in color and a little smaller than a dime or less. But problems start to creep up when you have a large infestation of larvae. I placed in clear plastic bags until ripe and found 0 worms. Cooking the berries would take care of the problem, HOWEVER, I found myself gagging at the thought of eating this crop, even after they were cooked. I cried too as I threw away hundreds of dollars of income every time it got hot. They tend to mate near the flowers of the plant and leave their eggs behind there. Dont throw in landfill as you will just continue to spread the bugs to other parts of the city. What do you think about that? Blueberries are also prolific throughout. Will try spraying much earlier this year but would like to know if anyone else has found something better to eradicate this pest. Monitor your plants regularly and look out for signs of worm trouble. would pruneing them to the ground help for next year/ thanks for sharing bob l. I hope you can get it under control, bob. If damage appears in the spring, from mid-April to early May, chances are that it’s raspberry beetles causing you problems. One example is the Prelude Raspberry. Chemicals That Get Rid of Wild Raspberries. Someone also suggested I put three inches of cedar chips in my patch. I ask if there are two rings cut into the stem below the wilting. The most important thing you can do is keep an eye out for these pests. Loosen the dirt with a rake and consider applying some diatomaceous earth. If you have an Everbearing variety, you might want to prune them after the Spring harvest so that you don’t get a Fall harvest that would attract the SWD. The PHI is all that matters as both are made in laboratories. Susan. Ideally, you should be picking off new fruits every day. We had been looking for an off the grid home where we could not only live, but thrive. Some are grouped together and white with no red pigment. You can handpick them. By the time those tiny eggs hatch, the larvae find themselves on a flower or immature fruit. live in Wisconsin near lake winnabago first time worms in stem center of plant cutting it off below fruit line. Dealing with worms once you have a major infestation is no easy task. MY SAVIOR appears! I hope you’re able to handle the worms so you can enjoy your raspberries. Janet Here’s a method that you can use to stop larval development in its tracks. For the most part, the feeding cycle is nothing to worry about. When the small maggots appear (these are the worms I was telling you about!) SWD not only can ruin your fruit, as I found, but they also lead to an increased likelihood of infestation from other insects as well as to an increased threat for rot fungi, bacteria, and other diseases.