Strawberry Sap Beetle


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.

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2 Responses to Strawberry Sap Beetle

  1. Denise Kauke says:

    Have you tried diatomaceous earth??

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