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    Sheikh Yerboutti is offline Sprouter
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    Default Whats eating my strawberries

    I think its vital to know your enemy. Is it slugs/snails , mice or birds.
    I have ducks free in garden and they eat slugs & snails but I supose they can miss some although non of my salads etc have any damage. Is there an expert here on the bite pattern of pests? The half eaten strawbs look fairly smoothly worn away, would a bird leave a ragged edge? If it is slugs how do I solve the problem? I never see any birds down there and Im there a lot lately. Non of my other crops have been touched.
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    I had the same problem with strawberries on my allotment. Culprits were woodlice!! Look innocuous enough, quite tiny, but boy do they love strawberries!!

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    Ah, I doubt it here, my ducks love woodlice, aint seen one for years. Do they come out at night and feast .cos thats when I lock the ducks in their pen.?
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    Everything eats strawbs...you have to go twice a day to catch the red ones or they are munched.


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    Ah ,I would ,but these are getting chompped just before fully red?
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    It's most likely the blackbird: William Morris called it the strawberry thief

    I've netted mine now

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    Yes ,I did at first think blackbird ,but the wound is so smooth it doesnt seem that a beak could do that. Do you guys put slug pellets down?
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    Mine are definitely blackbirds, again before they're fully ripe. I've seen the blighters. The end result also looks pretty smooth but I'm thinking they maybe rip bits off the strawberry rather than pecking it out.

    It's not happened since I put my strawberry plants under netting, so I don't think it's slugs or woodlice.

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