Strawberry pests

Asked May 24, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

I have everbearing strawberry plants in garden ( 2nd year of plants). I put down Cory's slug bait because I noticed ripe berries had bites out of them Now they are being eaten down to the stem. Could this be something else? Ants? What can I use to keep my berries from being all eaten up?

Marion County Oregon insect issues strawberries

1 Response

Ah, strawberries. It seems that everything loves them. It could be slugs, it could be birds, it could be earwigs, or maybe even ants. Re-apply the slug bait, cover the strawberries with bird netting, set traps for earwigs, and place bait traps for ants. Here is the link to "Pests in Gardens and Landscapes: Earwigs". http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74102.html
The same site for ants: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7411.html
Now a publication from OSU Extension, "Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden".https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/...Pick ripe berries daily, if necessary, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.