Something wicked is leaving holes in my strawberries!

nycgarden(6)May 31, 2012

A bit of a mystery I hope someone can help me solve. I have a rooftop container garden with about 70 strawberry plants. I've been growing strawberries for about 3 years and have had various insect problems. This year for the first time, I'm seeing these tiny holes in some of my berries.

There are also many more rotten ones with what I take to be fruit flies everywhere. I saw what looked like little 1/2 inch white worms crawling around in some of the berries but could not identify them after searching online.

Yesterday, I found a slug on one of my berries! Does anyone recognize the damage as coming from slugs? My next question is, if it is a slug, how does a slug end up on a rooftop garden? Did a bird drop it off or did it hitch a ride?

Whats the best way to deal with them? Thanks in advance for any advice and or sympathy.

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howelbama(7 NJ)

It looks like slug or snail damage for sure, but I have no clue how it got on your roof top... The little white worms are probably some type of maggot...

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:43PM
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ernie85017, zn 9, phx

Yup. Slugs. With helicopters, evidently!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:25PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

I grow my strawberries in the ground, and when I pick the it's alway one for me, two for the slugs etc... Lol I still get a good harvest though, but it is always sad when they get the ones that are nice and big and perfecttly shaped... All they do is chew one little hole, then leave the rest, I wish they would at least eat the whole thing!

They may have gotten in your garden by hitch hiking on a plant, or some eggs were in a bit of soil you used, or who knows :(

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:57PM
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nycgarden(6)

Thanks everyone.

I neemed the whole patch. I love the smell of neem in the morning.

It smells like . . . victory!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 7:41AM
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dancinglemons(7B VA)

If neem smells like ... victory -then- AzaMax must be nuclear wipeout! Just got my first TINY 4oz bottle of Aza and am on the way to totally prevent rust mite devastation.

Ah yes, I can smell that victory of which you speak!!

DL

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:02PM
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