Do you have a problem with woodlice eating your strawberries? If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is a common issue that many gardeners face.
In this blog post, I will share some tips on how to prevent woodlice from eating your strawberries.
What Are Woodlice
Woodlice are small, land-dwelling crustaceans that are often found in damp environments. Though they are often mistaken for insects, they are actually more closely related to crabs and lobsters. Woodlice are usually brown or grey in color, and their bodies are covered in a hard exoskeleton.
They typically grow to be between 1 and 2 cm in length. Woodlice are known for their ability to roll up into a tight ball when threatened. This defense mechanism allows them to protect their soft underbellies from predators. Woodlice are also capable of surviving in harsh environments, such as deserts and mountaintops.
In fact, they can even withstand being frozen solid for months at a time. Thanks to their hardy nature, woodlice are one of the most successful groups of invertebrates on the planet.
How To Stop Woodlice Eating My Strawberries
Woodlice are pesky little pests that love nothing more than munching on strawberries (or any other soft fruit, for that matter).
While they may be small, they can quickly devour an entire crop if left unchecked. So how can you stop them from ruining your hard work?
One popular method is to sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your strawberry patch. This natural substance is made from the fossilized remains of algae and other organisms, and it works by puncturing the wood lice’s exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate and die.
Another option is to create a “barrier” around your strawberries using coffee grounds, peels from citrus fruits, or eggshells. Woodlice dislike these smells and will stay away from treated areas.
Finally, you can try attracting predators such as centipedes, spiders, and ladybugs to your garden, as they will feast on woodlice (and help control other pests as well).
With a little effort, you can keep woodlice away from your strawberries and enjoy a bountiful harvest.
So, there you have it. Three ways to get rid of pesky woodlice in your strawberry patch. Whether you choose to use diatomaceous earth, a barrier method, or attract predators.
We hope you are able to enjoy your delicious strawberries free from these little critters!