Ants eating my strawberrys

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Ants eating my strawberrys
« on: June 07, 2018, 13:42 »
Hi Every one
I been down on the plot recently and noticed that there ants eating the strawberrys.
I've never had this problem before, the strawberry patch is about 4 years old
Has anyone got any ideas of what to do?

cheers Pete

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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 13:56 »
It's possible you have an ant's nest in your bed or nearby. Try poking a stick into the soil and if you see lots running about, that's where it will probably be. You can set ant traps or apply a blob of ant killer on a flat stone or whatever then place the stone at an angle so they can get at it from underneath. PS - best to wear wellies just in case!
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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 14:19 »
I suspect it's small slugs eating the strawberries and the ants are just going into the holes. Maybe try some slug pellets.

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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2018, 17:24 »
I'll second Nobbie. I suspect the main culprit has gone and they're after the leftovers.
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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2018, 22:34 »
I'm growing strawbs out of hanging baskets and the pesky ants have found their way into all 3. The only damage ive seen though is consistent with birds. I'm not worried about the ants, should I be?

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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2018, 07:52 »
Hi
   I have mice eating my strawberries , they a biting through the stem just above the berry and draging the berries to a central spot and eating them .They are taking ripe and unripe ones as well .These strawberries are being grown in 4 grow bags (4ft x2ft ) in a cage covered with fine mesh .in one day since I noticed the fruit missing I have court 2 mice (how many this morning ?? )
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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2018, 12:49 »
Heck! Birds, mice, slugs and ants are all at it! They must be very tasty strawberries indeed!!

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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 00:00 »
An 'ant' update; I was on holiday last week and covered my hanging basket strawbs with carrier bags. Got home, still infested with ants but no damage to the fruits. The ants arent noshing your strawbs in my opinion its something else.

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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2018, 20:00 »
An 'ant' update; I was on holiday last week and covered my hanging basket strawbs with carrier bags. Got home, still infested with ants but no damage to the fruits. The ants arent noshing your strawbs in my opinion its something else.

Ants do not usually attack strawberries (although as other posters have indicated, lots of things do!!) but their nests cause soil disturbance that affect plant roots. We seem to have a big problem with them making nests in potted plants this year
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Re: Ants eating my strawberrys
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 12:18 »
Hi
    I went to plant my Sweet Potatoes last Monday and there was a Ants nest just were I wanted to plant .
   It was 7ins across hundreds of them ,went home got some Nipon juice put it on top of the nest on some
   silver paper and next day all gone ,Not one Ant ,had I killed them or had they moved (not a trace of them )



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