Don’t plant in areas that were recently grass. Information about pests and diseases of strawberries. Two-spotted spider mites are common on many species of cultivated and weedy plants. Take off any netting so birds can feed on any pests. A common sap beetle in Kentucky is the four spotted sap beetle known as the "picnic beetle". Tarnished plant bug adults are recognized by the light Y mark behind the head. Main photo courtesy of Newtonia on Flickr. Several species of root weevils feed on the young roots and crowns of strawberry plants. When dealing with tiny white bugs in soil, there may be a time to completely remove all soil in the pot or planter and replace with a new one. Most damage takes place just after petal fall. These devils actually feed upon the pistils (female parts) of the strawberry flowers. The first domestic hybrids were created in Europe. Most feed on plant sap that exudes from wounds on ripe and decaying fruit or fungi. Underside of leaf appears to be dusted with white powder. Follow us on your favorite social networks and share what you grow! More important to some producers, particularly u-pick growers, is the annoyance that spittle masses cause pickers. Meadow spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius). 68 Comments so far. Influence of pollination modes on yield components in strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.). The sucking action of these insect pests causes stunted growth and deformed leaves and flowers. “I am so disgusted right now,” she says, holding up a strawberry soaked in salt water for 30 minutes with small bugs now visible on it. They are the size of a pinhead and vary in color depending on the species. Immature bugs are small green, soft-bodied and adults are small (1/4”) winged insect that feed on the plant sap. As the oldest continually operating nursery in the country, we've curated a time-tested collection of over 300 unique varieties of fruit trees, nut trees and berry plants. Spittle bug nymphs produce large amounts of spittle. Because mites can be a problem at any time of the year, plants should be monitored throughout the summer. One such common devil is the tarnished plant bug, also known as the lygus bug. Pest description and crop damage Adult tarnished plant bugs are about 5-6 mm long and their color is variable: they may be pale green to dark brown with yellow, black and occasionally red markings. Information about pests and diseases of strawberries. Plantings near alfalfa fields, woods, or weedy areas are more prone to damage. Spittlebugs can be recognized by the white masses of wet foam or spittle on leaves, petioles, and stems. Keep fields as clean of ripe fruit as possible through timely removal of damaged, diseased, and overripe fruits. Flower thrips (Frankliniella spp.) Be sure to empty daily. Larvae feed on buds and destroy them. The damage may range from slight deformation to complete loss of market value of the crop. Growers should pay particular attention to fields during hot, dry weather and fields with a history of mite problems. Some flower thrips feed on twospotted spider mite eggs so low levels of flower thrips can be beneficial. Garden Q&A with the University of Maryland Extension's Ellen Nibali on leaf munching harlequin bugs and protecting strawberry plants from the winter cold. They’ll plant the strawberry plants inside the cages and then they have a lidded top so they can reach in and grab the berries. Plant bugs inject their saliva into leaves and then suck out the resulting slurry. Move the affected pot at least 10 feet away from other plants. After feeding for as short as 10 to 14 days (strawberry root weevil) to as long as 30 to 60 days (black vine weevil) they begin laying eggs in soil near strawberry plants. in length, depending on the instar. Of course, ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS FOR SAFE USE OF ANY PESTICIDE! Strawberries are a popular fruit to plant in home gardens because they take up very little space, are beautiful to look at, and if taken care of properly, can yield plump juicy strawberries. Expect strawberry plants to crop successfully for four years before replacing them. Beetles fall into the container and drown. Berry malformation is a result of feeding activity. Control. Much like aphids, whiteflies are a scourge in the garden. Plants that naturally repel ants typically do so through scent. Strawberries grow best with a little extra help. They go by many names, depending on the region: sow bugs, pill bugs, potato bugs, wood lice, and roly-poly bugs and one of them is terrorizing my garden. That’s right: Strawberries — and many other fruits and vegetables — come replete with very tiny, almost microscopic insects.