I have had something eating my strawberries for over 2 weeks now and I couldn’t figure out what it was. I even went out at dark with a flashlight to see if it was slugs, to no avail. Yesterday I captured one of the critters and was able to identify what it was.
Strawberry Sap Beetles!
I have never had these before but guess they found a home. All my beautiful strawberries are being ruined. The only thing that I can find in searching the internet is to kill them by hand as pesticides don’t work well on these pesky beetles and I won’t use it anyway. Of course this is HARD to do since they are so fast and are so tiny.
Earlier today I decided to put some white plastic bags under as many strawberries as I could not knowing if it would help but thought it was worth a try. I went out later with some water mixed with Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap and looked and see what I could find. The little critters were VERY easy to find on the background of the white garbage bags and once they were sprayed it was easy to squish them. I also sprayed the ground around the bags. I went outside a little while later and there were more on the plastic and I squished as many as I could
find catch. The soap only seemed to work if sprayed directly on the beetles.
I then put out some apple cider vinegar. There are some websites that say traps maybe helpful.
I don’t know if any of this will help but, Yehovah has control of it all.