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Bandera, TX
Jun 3, 2017 10:54 AM CST
something is eating the inside of my ripe blueberries, leaving the skin. Whatever it is must be doing it at night as I've looked for worms and bugs and seen none.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jun 3, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Hi and welcome, You're going to have to go out at night with a flashlight, and a magnifying glass. Look on the undersides of the leaves, and of course on the berries. If you can't see or see something you don't know what it is, take a flash picture with your phone and post it here. It's best to positively ID the culprit before you start trying to kill it. On edibles you can't just spray willy nilly with insecticide either. Systemics and most other insecticides are not approved for edible crops (which you probably already know).

If it's a bug, try a soapy water spray, 1/2tsp dish soap to a quart of water (stronger is not better). Be sure to spray up under the leaves, as a lot of bugs hide on the undersides of the leaves in the daytime. If you see caterpillars or "worm" like things, you can safely spray with any product containing Bt. It's an organic approved spray for edibles that kills any chewing caterpillars. You can buy it at any garden center as a concentrate.

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