strawberry worms

aaronobNovember 9, 2010

I'm growing strawberries organically. The plants have finally gotten bigger and are producing a lot of nice juicy strawberries. However, more than half the ones I pick I can't eat because a worm has eaten a hole into it. It's such a bummer too, since I put so much time and effort into these plants and I don't get to eat the strawberries it produces.

How do I get rid of these worms in an organic way?

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aaronob

I found a picture of what they look like on Google.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Z_Us2xEQ9t8/SR05N8BwN2I/AAAAAAAAFFM/5_11F3cIHjQ/s400/strawberrywormDSC01743w.JPG

When they attack, you see nothing but a little hole on the outside. And they eat from the inside out.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 10:49PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Perhaps slugs?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 6:56PM
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aaronob

Nope, they're definitely worms. They wiggle around and move fast. See the link, this is exactly what they look like.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 7:45PM
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rlv4(7)

I say eat them worm and all. Who knows, might be the tastiest strawberries ever. Please report your findings.

All kidding aside, is it seriously every strawberry? I've had these worms along with other pests like slugs and pillbugs attack the strawberries when they were close to the ground.
You may want to try putting some coarse mulch around the plants such as straw or wood chips to confuse the critters making it hard for them to find the berries.

Here is a link that might be useful: www.PhotoLandscapeDesign.com

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 8:53AM
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aaronob

It is not every strawberry,but I'd say around 75% of them have the worms in them.

I'm not too keen on eating worms (haha!) I'll try the mulch idea!

Are there any organic pesticides I could use?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 2:02AM
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briergardener_gw

I got such worms inside some of my cabbages.
I think that they are red composting worms. Several years ago i bought red composing wors when i was playing with worm bin. These worms managed to escape in the garden.

I am planning to use pine needles next year.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 12:35PM
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