Vegetables and Fruit forum: Help identifying what's eating strawberries early

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jlongster
May 12, 2018 9:22 PM CST
Hello,

I have a bunch of strawberries starting out (planted the plants last year) and am worried that they aren't going to survive until they ripen. Last year, the first year I put them in the ground, I noticed a lot of the green strawberries either rotting or being picked apart by something. (I wasn't intending on picking them anyway, I eventually cut off the berries to let the plant establish itself)

I've already noticed one strawberry bearing the same marks. What is making these holes??

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I live in Virginia. I've seen a few slugs and earwigs around, but not many and not sure this matches those. I didn't think slugs attacked green strawberries.

Whatever it is, what can I do to stop it?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 14, 2018 11:31 AM CST
Short of using bug granules and snail pellets. Pill bugs, earwigs, slugs and snails, love to go under boards on ground when sun comes up. earwigs especially like old peices of hoses. Place a few in, and around garden. Harvest bugs after sun comes up.
Also, check for anything laying on ground that they could be hiding under, and remove it.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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