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Critters in Strawberries!

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by Redwood on June 03, 2006 03:25 AM
hello, new here, so, Hope this is right place..

I live in the country, and, Something has been getting into my strawberries..

I'm curious, WHAT would be Most likely, to be doing this to me.. I am RElocating those I catch, but, this is becoming a Daily task.. and, I wonder, if some of these should just be kept here to catch mice and gohpers, etc?

I'm caught opposums ( my guess at Worst offender ) red foxes, skunks, ... I have racoons here, but, none trapped yet..

thanks for any good input!
by Deborah L. on June 03, 2006 06:26 AM
Could be anyone.
I hope you're relocating the animals near a source of water.

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by weezie13 on June 03, 2006 07:32 AM
Hey Redwood,
Welcome Aboard...
We're very glad you found us...

Critters in your Strawberries...
There's lot's..
Snails, chipmonks, birds, groundhogs/woodchucks',
rodents, oh my, oh my, just about anyone who likes strawberries I guess..
And whooooo could blame them..

What does it look like that's happening?
Small holes, half of the berry gone, slime on them???

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by Redwood on June 03, 2006 02:40 PM
no no.. well, I _also have sowbugs.. but, warmer weather has discoursged them...

the critter is Picking berries.. some Green, just Wasting them ..

I guess, the Real Question is, about the foxes... if they Don't eat berries.. I would not RElocate them.. I will blame on the opposum.. I KNOW they like fruit... the foxes, I'm unsure..

thanks!
by Mitzi on June 03, 2006 06:32 PM
Are sowbugs the same things as "roly poly's?"
by weezie13 on June 04, 2006 03:15 AM
Sowbugs and Pillbugs

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by weezie13 on June 04, 2006 03:21 AM
Redwood,
Other than actually sitting out there and catchin' them in the act...
That's actually sometimes how I do it or know it,
I've caught the woodchuck there....
I've gone thru at night time *say around 11:00pm* and caught the snails on them....
I have seen birds swoop down there and stay a bit
then fly away...

Are you able to find some "tule" and cover them??

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by DeepCreekLake on June 04, 2006 05:12 AM
Foxes do eat berrys! They are omnivorous, although meat (birds & rodents) make up most there diet. I wouldnt waste time relocating groundhogs/woodchucks, they keep coming back after you get rid of one- another comes back. Out here a varmint rifle is used to control them. They are nothing but trouble for farmers and homeowners. They cause extensive property amd agro damage if left unchecked.
by weezie13 on June 04, 2006 05:21 AM
I have 5 baby puff~balls of those varmits under my
front porch...
Plus a very vocal momma...
Grrrrrrr...
They are very cute when they are little,
but I dislike them for eating all of my hard work..

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by angelblossom on June 04, 2006 05:24 AM
Redwood..., I'm glad you posted this topic ,, I'm having the same problem.. Strawberries as they are turning red become half eaten, or picked off, sometimes before that [Eek!] [Eek!] this started happening a couple of weeks ago, before that I got to them first [clappy] [thumb] .. I'm my situation I'm thinking its birds [dunno] I've checked the soil and leafs I haven't seen any bugs or slug trails so I'm at a lose too!

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by Amigatec on June 04, 2006 01:05 PM
You might try building a chicken wire cage over the top of the bed.

I had very little trouble with my berries this year.

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by Redwood on June 04, 2006 03:48 PM
thanks for the replies!

well, Luckily, I _don't have wood chucks, But..

How much wood, could a wood chuck chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood? [Smile]

sowbugs, easy to determine.. they eat their way into the berry, in place.. like I said, the warmer weather has Discouraged them..

no, not birds.. I have plenty of those, but, cats seem to keep them from landing very long..

its just the Blatant distruction that makes me mad.. take Some.. but, Eat them.. don't just pick green ones, and, leave them all about.. so, I know, its a nighttime visitor.. I will Continue to trap, and RElocate.. untill I run OUT of them, or I get Tired of doing it.. [Smile]

I Hate the expense of chicken wire.. and, Dealing with it... but, I am sure, its a solution..

Thanks!

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