Asked June 11, 2020, 4:41 PM EDT

Eating our strawberries, where they touch the ground. Baby centipedes or millipedes? Used diatomaceous, then it rained. Didn't seem to slow them down. How do I get rid of them.

Clackamas County Oregon

8 Responses

Thank you for your question. Slugs love strawberries. Have you tried slug bait? We really need clear photos to tell where and how the leaves are being eaten. Thank you for more information.

Please refer to my 1st note. The strawberries have tiny centipedes or millipedes underneath them on the ground. The leaves are not being eaten. I can send photo via text or email. Didn't know how to do the upload thing below.

Please refer to this Extension article indicating that centipedes and millipedes do not eat live plants: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7472.html In order to determine what is eating your strawberries, we need photos. Small slugs are a likely candidate, and are often confused with other pests. Just to see, why not leave out some beer, as suggested here: https://www2.ipm.ucanr.edu/agriculture/strawberry/Slugs/

I know what a slug is. I have a picture but need an email address to send it to.

Is this what you have? https://pnwhandbooks.org/insect/small-fruit/strawberry/strawberry-garden-symphylan

I believe your just sent a photo that I cannot attach, and the centipedes are white, and only the pill but is black. I believe this is your pest: https://pnwhandbooks.org/insect/small-fruit/strawberry/strawberry-garden-symphylan

Thanks for your help, much appreciated. I took more photos and got the magnifying glass out then i could see the antenna. Have been taking out a scoop of soil and putting in a bucket of water. Hope it slows them down.