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Woodlice eating strawberries

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2024 6:11 pm
by mikepearce45
Can anyone please advise me on how to control a woodlice infestation in my strawberry patch which is in a raised bed. I lost many berries last year from these little pests.

Re: Woodlice eating strawberries

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2024 6:55 am
by oldherbaceous
Morning Mike, do you clear all the old leaves away before Spring arrives, as this gives the Woodlice somewhere to hide and breed!

Re: Woodlice eating strawberries

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2024 6:41 pm
by Westi
Are your raised beds a bit old mikepearce45? They will feed on rotting wood. They do like strawberries as well, but generally only if slugs or snails have already had a bite to give easy access.

Re: Woodlice eating strawberries

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2024 12:14 pm
by mikepearce45
Oldherbaceous and Westi
Afternoon both and thanks for your replies

The raised beds were in fact brand new last year , so no rotting wood.

The "attacks" to the fruit only started after a layer of straw was put down to keep the soil spashes off the berries , so in theory, my attempts to protect the fruit seems to have attracted the little blighters. Slug and snail bait was under the straw and I saw no evidence of slime trails . I am blaming the woodlice as they were in evidence.

My enquiries elsewhere have suggested a mix, in equal parts, of yeast, sugar and water dotted around the bed in containers buried at soil level with slightly raised lids to keep the traps as dark as possible. Our American cousins have a chemical dust treatment but this appears to be unavailble in the UK - it also sounds a bit potent to be used around edible fruit so I am happy to give that a miss.

I will give the yeast mix a try and report later in the year on how successful it has been as I am sure I am not the only one having this problem.

Thanks again for your replies. Regards to both.

Re: Woodlice eating strawberries

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2024 6:09 pm
by vivienz
I have a border of early strawberries in my greenhouse and last year, the woodlice scoffed most of them. There were only enough left for us once they were in full production. I have strawberry beds outside too, but these weren't bothered by woodlice at all. Plenty of other pests, slugs, birds, husband, all stole them, but not the woodlice.
I've just had a really good tidy up of the greenhouse ones, but I'm preparing myself to lose the earliest ones again. Sorry I have no good solution for them as I confess to having a soft spot for woodlice - don't know why!