Integrated Pest Management for Strawberry Plants

The University of California’s Recommended Pest Control for Strawberry Plants: Summary

This resource is the UC IPM Online Statewide integrated pest management program’s website.  Available for download or viewing is an assortment of integrated pest management advice and documentation specifically for use with strawberry plants.  There is a year-round IPM program presented that documents the recommended preplanting activities, planting activities, prebloom activities, flowering to first harvest activities, harvest activities, and postharvest activities.

Also linked are the University of California’s general guidelines for strawberry plants.  Diseases, Nematodes, Insects and Mites, and weed control are also discussed.  The site is available in Spanish as well.

For a more information on growing strawberries, you can view the Growing Strawberries page.

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14 thoughts on “Integrated Pest Management for Strawberry Plants”

  1. As I read the above advice it looks like diatomaceous earth solves a large number of my strawberry problems. Is there ever a time that I just broadcast it by hand on the plants, or are all uses carefully placed onto the ground below the fruit and flower? Also, will it hurt if it gets on the crown?

    • Keeganzpapa,
      The great thing about diatomaceous earth is that it is totally harmless to strawberry plants (and most other plants, for that matter). You can apply whenever and however you’d like without worrying about damaging strawberry plants. Good luck!

    • Kiran Parekh,
      Strawberry plants go dormant during cold weather, and the plants leave dormancy when the temperatures rise again in the spring. Bare-root plants are ones that have been removed from their soil or other growing medium after they have entered dormancy. Plug plants or potted plants are actively growing. Bare-root plants typically delay just a bit in their establishment due to the fact that they have to re-invigorate after dormancy. Hope that helps! Good luck!

  2. I planned on using diatomaceous earth to combat the slugs in my strawberry pyramid, but I’ve read it can affect pollinators. Is that true and how would I go about the application process? Thanks.

    • DJ,
      Yes, it can potentially affect pollinators. However, if you are careful to apply the DE to just the area around the base of the plants or the soil, you should be fine. Pollinators should not be affected unless you spray/spread the DE indiscriminately across the entire strawberry bed/strawberry plants. Good luck!

  3. I planted everbearing strawberries this spring. I am now letting them flower and grow fruit but I have little black beetles eating them. For ever good berry I have 10 that have big holes eaten in them. I tried cedar mulch and coffee grounds (I read that would help). Is there anything that will kill the beetles that the strawberries won’t absorb? Thank you

  4. strawberry leaves covered in small holes. 3mm green caterpillars found on the underside of some leaves. what are they & how to get rid of them?

  5. I would like to know how to control strawberry pests, but I cannot find on your website how to do that. I have what is commonly called rolly polly bugs eating my strawberries.

    • Jan,
      You can get myriads of chemical pesticides that will kill the pests. However, I don’t recommend using such substances on strawberries unless absolutely necessary. Strawberry plants absorb things sprayed upon them via their shallow root system, so you end up consuming trace amounts of the chemicals as well. Before resorting to chemical solutions, I would recommend a heavy application of diatomaceous earth. It does a relatively good job against insect pests and won’t harm you one whit. Good luck!

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