How to control the pest with eggplants and strawberry? - Knowledgebase Question

Foster City, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by valerie067
January 26, 2006
I planted eggplants, strawberries and corn last year. They were killed by pests so I want to figure out why, and who killed them. One thing I know, is the snails like to eat my strawberries so this year I planted them in a pot to put in a higher place. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them instead of using chemicals? Will the grapfruit, the salt, or pepper will work for it?

Answer from NGA
January 26, 2006


Slugs and snails do like strawberries so planting yours in a container and raising it above ground level will certainly help. There are several ways you can trap the pests; grapefruit rinds can work. There is also a new snail control on the market which contains iron. It is harmless to wildlife and works well to control the pests.

Many insect pests can attack corn and eggplants, but without knowing exactly which one did the damage in your garden, I can't really make a recommendation. Try rotating your crops; planting them in different areas of the garden from year to year. This will confuse the insects and they won't have as much of a change to ruin your vegetables each year.

Best wishes with your garden!

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