Garden Pests

Asked June 15, 2019, 11:01 AM EDT

My daughter found a huge pile of her ripe and unripe strawberries and raspberries under the leaves of a large strawberry plant. what pest gathers berries in such a way and heaps them up for apparent storage? And what can she do to deter the behavior? The only creatures she's seen are a mouse or two. Her home is in the city. ours is on the fringes in the woods. we have had a garden for decades and have never seen this behavior from the mice that inhabit the woods, or any other creature we have (deer, raccoon, squirrels (three types), etc.) Thank you for your help with this odd problem.

Multnomah County Oregon wildlife damage management

1 Response

Thank you for your intriguing question. Here is an article (not Extension) listing the animals which hide, save and cache berries: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoarding_(animal_behavior) Here is another source for information about berry-hoarding animals: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/type-animal-eat-strawberries-garden-104739.html Perhaps your daughter might find this a good opportunity to observe local wildlife behavior! Good luck!