Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:48 pm

I have a short row of Everbearing strawberries with ripe strawberries. Unfortunately, before I can get the ripest strawberries picked, a bug of some type beats me to them. I've seen some small crickets roaming around under the plants and suspect they might be the culprits. Maybe, maybe not.
I'm looking for suggestions or recommendations for dealing with the crickets (or whatever) and still be able to enjoy the "fruits of my labor". Thanks.

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:49 am

If they are eaten entirely, I would suspect birds rather than insects. Cover the plants with netting so the birds can't get at the fruit.

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:05 am

Don McCombs wrote:If they are eaten entirely, I would suspect birds rather than insects. Cover the plants with netting so the birds can't get at the fruit.

Squirrels have been known to like strawberries, too. Ed

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:31 am

And chipmunks.

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:44 am

Isn't it amazing how they seem to be able to find the ripe fruit before we can get to them? Used to happen to my grandmother and her Cherry tree... She always knew when the cherries were ripe because the birds would be eating at them non-stop... She almost never got to the trees in time to get the ripe fruit!

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:08 pm

Don't think its birds. The places eaten look too uniform. Nice smooth grooves and round holes. Another clue, the damage seems to happen overnight.

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:17 pm

Maybe slugs. Look for slim trails.
Ron

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:14 pm

Take food grade diatemaceous earth and sprinkle around your plants, I really don't like slugs they like to mess up a nice tomato also :censored:

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:06 pm

don't rule out terrapins either.

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:29 am

We have terrible problems here with wire worms getting into fruit! thanks; sonny

Re: Somethings Enjoying my strawberries before me!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:21 pm

I had problems with the rabbits in my patch eating them