Mike Haasl wrote:Hmm, around here chipmunks would be the most likely culprit. Do you have a fence around them that would at least slow down a medium sized rodent?
Maybe you could plant a lot of catnip around to attract feline predators to repel small furry critters?
D Nikolls wrote:Mice and shrews are terrible for strawberry wrecking.
The only places I see getting an actual harvest in my area are either:
1) Growing at scale in a big open monoculture field so that hawks and owls can really get good access..
2) Physical barrier; netting or wire secured to ground.
3) Cats and chickens all over the place, no mice. But usually chickens get into the strawberries!
K Eilander wrote:Small bites out of each seems to tally with slugs in my experience.
For those guys, either leave a shallow tray of beer out for them to drown in and/or line the strawberry planters with copper. Just like how antifouling paint for ships works, softbodied creatures can't touch copper or it will burn their gooey flesh. You can get self-adhesive copper tape at most hardware stores.
I think you're right about birds. They'd usually carry off the whole berry. But I saw this idea and thought it was clever:
Basically paint up some rocks so the birds carry those off... and get a rude surprise!
Maybe worth a try anyway since you may have more than one kind of visitor. ;)
Pete Podurgiel wrote:
For slug deterrent, you might try coffee grinds ...just sprinkle around the plants to create a barrier.