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hope he gets things taken care of and is on the mend soon.



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I just have so much to do here at the moment and one of my brothers has developed a huge hernia so he's not to do anything now. So strawberries are the last thing on my mind.

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I do understand, but I'd be mad after waiting all year for more! LOL



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I think I'll just give the strawberres the heave ho!! I just don't get enough off them to do much with and I really don't want to eat something I've had to spray continually, whether it's with organic pyrethrums or not.

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my strawberries are in an old tractor tire bed, that I enlarged by cutting away the side walls of, did this to enclose them from "traveling" all over the place, PLUS it was the kids sandbox when they were small so it had great drainage! I put poles on 3 side and net it during the growing season to keep out assorted animals out of MY strawberries! works good for me.

i do have a picture of it on my page, towards the bottom.



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I've never seen a Harlequin bug (thank God)... the slugs and birds usually get my strawberries and if they don't... I'm frequently visited by raccoons and opossums... should they all fail, my husband really likes what's left!!!

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well I had to google them just to see what they were! They are rather pretty! I know you don't want to hear that, lol. I would be very upset if they had gotten to my strawberries before me also! Good luck.



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I have just found out what the little blighters are .... juvenile Harlequin Bugs!!!

I think I might turf the strawberries and start afresh. We never had a problem with Harlequin Bugs until after the bushfires and then they were everywhere.

I might try Pyrethrum spray or something as they are all over the place.

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I'm hoping someone here can tell me what this insect is that is eating my strawberries.

It's definitely an insect, it's got a black thorax and a bright red abdomen. It's not a red spider mite, I've seen a picture of them and definitely not them.

I tried to take a picture of one but the little buggers move so quickly the pic is blurry everytime.

I've tried derris on them but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I may try a milk solution (supposed to work for some pests).

Please if someone has an idea of what this thing is and how to get rid of them, I'd be very happy. If I can't get rid of them I'll have to get rid of the strawberries.

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