strawberry's getting eaten by something

hoot97azMarch 27, 2014

Hello,

Need some help getting rid of something that is eating my strawberry's. Happens once the berries starting to get ripe. I have a 3-4" trench around by berries and have DE power in that. Was hopping whatever was crawling around would go into that DE and get rid of them. But still having the berry eating problem. Any suggestions? Picture attached. Growing in Arizona.

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zzackey(8b GA)

Birds, mice, squirrels? Maybe you could cover them with some kind of netting to keep them out? I try to hide the berries under a leaf until they ripen. That usually works.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:49PM
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hoot97az

Thanks for the reply, I have them covered with tulle already.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:48PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

That looks like bird eating pattern to me.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:50PM
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hoot97az

Any suggestions on what to use to cover them beside's tulle? I have that on their now and didn't see any signs of holes poked in them. Maybe I should try something else to cover them? Any recommendations?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:56PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I think the tulle is the best option.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 2:31AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Is the cover resting on the plants?
If so, figure out how to prop it above the plants.

Edited to add:
Make certain you don't have any "visitors" trapped underneath the cover.

This post was edited by jean001a on Fri, Mar 28, 14 at 10:50

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:48AM
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ltilton

Bird netting comes in rows and is good for the purpose, as well.

The important thing is not to drape it over the plants but fasten it to stakes about a foot or so over the plants, and pin it to the ground so they don't crawl under it.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 12:59PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

And fix it down tight so no bird can get tangled in it. I have had the heartbreaking experience of finding a bird's leg tangled in netting. I hate to think of the struggle and pain before it escaped with one leg ripped off and then presumably died in agony somewhere.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 1:03PM
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hoot97az

Thanks for the suggestions. I do have the tulle laying on the plants. I will built a small structure to elevate above the plants and drap it over and secure down. Hopefully that will help

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 1:38PM
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CaraRose

Slugs and birds are the main menace to my strawberries.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 3:59PM
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hoot97az

Got the row cover up. Will see how it does. Thanks for all the help

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:48PM
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hoot97az

Looks like this type of bug is trying to get in. Its a flying bug but not sure what it is

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 9:50PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

Snails and slugs make holes like the ones in your photo.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 11:29AM
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ltilton

I hate to say it, but that fabric isn't going to let in enough light for strawberries.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 1:56PM
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