However, there are some exceptions. The bugs blend in with the seeds and start crawling out of them. How to Deal with Insects in Your Strawberry Plantings. Several insect and mites feed on strawberries and cause damage to different parts of the plants at different times of the year. Her findings: Her strawberries definitely had bugs. Adults have four wings covered with a white, waxy coating and are held tent-like over the rear body when resting. While it's slightly gross to watch, consuming the tiny bugs that remain on things like strawberries has certainly done less harm to us so far than using large quantities of pesticides. Apparently, soap or human hair placed in a mesh bag and hung on a tree branch at deer height will keep the deer away from the strawberries. “Apparently if you wash your strawberries in water and salt, all the bugs will come out,” TikTok user Seleste Radcliffe said in a video showing her … Here’s what the bugs look like from up close @thatnatchatsy’all better WASH your strawberries ‼️ Comment what I should look at next! Spraying strawberry plants with an insecticide is an effective measure to treating most bugs. Before you freak out, here's the bottom line: Finding bugs in fresh produce isn’t anything new. Sow bugs really are amazing and if the little buggers would leave my strawberries and tender new seedlings alone, I would not give them another thought. That’s what I’ve determined after watching a viral TikTok trend where users are showing how to remove literal bugs from the fruit. Treating Bugs on Strawberry Plants. tiktok.com Also, if you're wondering if the strawberries tasted salty afterwards, I couldn't bring myself to eat them. Perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8, strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa) are plagued by several pests, including pill bugs. More important to some producers, particularly u-pick growers, is the annoyance that spittle masses cause pickers. The bad news is that the bugs are actual maggots from a fly called the Spotted Wing Drosophila, which inject fruit — typically, berries — with their eggs. Strawberries are cancelled. In a now-viral video, a TikTok user soaks her strawberries in a bowl of salt water and, to the horror of about 1.5 million viewers, tiny bugs begin to crawl out of the fruit.You can chalk the admittedly gross phenomenon up to basic osmosis — and, in this case, what appears to be a bad batch of strawberries. Although the spittle is harmless, pickers object to being wetted by the insect excretion. Plants affected by this insect can show early signs of wilting, remain small, weak, and both yield and fruit quality is affected. Strawberries are susceptible to damage from bugs. The video was posted a … Aphids, beet army worms, cabbage looper, cutworms, earwigs and vinegar flies are just some of the many bugs you might find on a strawberry plant. A new TikTok trend shows how saltwater can reveal some creepy maggots. PSA: There May Be Bugs in Your Strawberries. Planting Alpine Gold strawberries, which are yellow when ripe, may fool birds looking for red strawberries. That’s right: Strawberries — and many other fruits and vegetables — come replete with very tiny, almost microscopic insects. Organic methods for keeping pests away from strawberries might involve hot pepper spray, rotten eggs, blood meal, castor oil, orange peels, soap, and human hair. Since the bugs that emerge from the berries are the larval stage of a fly, these aren’t technically worms... they’re maggots. Send Text Message Print. The most common strawberry pests are slugs, strawberry bud weevils, tarnished plant bugs, spittlebugs, and strawberry sap bugs. Hand-crushing the bugs and their young can sufficiently control this problem in many cases, as does shooting down the strawberry plant with a strong jet of water to dislodge and kill the bugs. Bugs and maggots may crawl out of strawberries washed in salt water. Let's look at organic, non-chemical methods for controlling each. Email. Everything about bugs in your strawberry patch isn’t bad. ##fyp ##foryou ##science ♬ Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa “I always ask my fan base for suggestions about what I should look at next and I’ve been getting a lot of comments about strawberries,” Thatnatchats told Bored Panda. By Tim Nelson. Most of these bugs live on the outside of the fruit, and made their way to your strawberries at some point on their journey from the field to your local fruit stand or grocery store aisle.