1) Japanese beetles
Japanese beetles are metallic, coppery-brown and green, 1/4-inch-long beetles that often feed in large numbers, damaging the fruit and skeletonizing the foliage.
2) Brown marmorated stink bugs
3) Cane borers
The following three species of borers can infest brambles.
No pesticide treatments are recommended. Prune damaged canes back into healthy wood.
Raspberry cane borers
They make two girdling rings of punctures about 1/2-inch apart and within 6 inches of the shoot tip, causing the cane tip to wilt suddenly. The damage is quite visible but has little effect on the quality or quantity of the crop.
Raspberry crown borers
- Can be very damaging to the bramble planting if not controlled.
- The large (1/2-inch to 3/4-inch) larvae tunnel into the base of the crown of the plant causing the canes to be stunted or to wither and die.
- Are insects that cause small to large gall-like swellings with split bark on the canes.
- Cane damage in the first year is more serious than damage to older canes because the wounds on younger canes provide a weakened spot for invasion by canker fungi and breakage by the wind.
4) Sap beetles and yellowjackets
- Sap beetles and yellowjackets are extremely common and pose problems when they attack ripening fruits in large numbers.
- They feed largely on soft, overripe, and rotting fruits and vegetables and can be controlled by good sanitation in and around the planting and by harvesting ripe fruits regularly. Do not allow the fruit to become overripe.
- For sap beetles, place plastic funnel traps (plastic soda bottles) in rows filled with vinegar, molasses, and water to capture this pest.
5) Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), (Drosophila suzukii)
The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops.