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Joined: 6/03/2008
Location: new hampshire
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Posted: Jun/03/2008 7:05 AM PST

Help! I have my very first strawberry crop starting to bear fruit ... but every time a berry reddens up, I discover that it's been nibbled by some creature. Usually, about a quarter of the berry is gone. The leaves remains untouched - just the almost-ripe berries are being eaten. I have a chicken-wire fence around the garden on three sides, with the fourth side being a picket fence. What could this be? Rabbits, birds ... ?
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Joined: 4/24/2008
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posts: 1954
Posted: Jun/03/2008 8:57 AM PST

It could be anything. Try putting bird netting over the garden, anp putting more poultry fencing onto the picket fence and over the ground. That should keep the birds and bunnies from getting in there!
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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
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Posted: Jun/03/2008 9:47 AM PST

When I had a strawberry patch in Virginia, it was snails that ate mine! Did you see any trails?
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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: beautiful southern appalachians
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Posted: Jun/03/2008 6:18 PM PST

Yeah, I'd guess slugs or snails. By trails, you mean those wiggly little shiny lines of dried snail-slug-slime that trace the little booger's path into and out of the ruined fruit - am I right?
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Joined: 6/03/2008
Location: new hampshire
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Posted: Jun/05/2008 4:17 PM PST

thanks ... I just put up bird netting, and I'll see if this solves the problem. Don't know if this will stop snails, if that's what's eating the berries.
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Posted: Jun/06/2008 4:01 AM PST

No, netting won't stop snails. The only thing I know of that stops snails is snail and slug bait. One name that I really like is EscarGO, but there are a lot of brands, or you may prefer the organic beer method where you put out a saucer of beer, and they fall in and drown.
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Posted: Jun/06/2008 5:25 AM PST

I know a lot of people that's happened to. ;-)
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Joined: 6/03/2008
Location: new hampshire
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Posted: Jun/06/2008 11:13 AM PST

OK, I've caught a slug redhanded eating the strawberries. I'll check out the EscarGO you mention - but does the beer thing really work?
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Joined: 4/21/2008
Location: Statesboro Georgia
Posts: 139
Posted: Jun/18/2008 10:33 AM PST

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Originally posted by stereoman
I know a lot of people that's happened to. ;-)


Thanks Stereoman!! I needed a good laugh for the day!!
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Joined: 6/29/2008
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Posts: 20
Posted: Jun/29/2008 1:56 PM PST

I have noticed my strawberries disappearing as well. I'm sure it's the birds.
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