Agriculture: Strawberry Pest Management Guidelines

Harvest

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of strawberry fruit-production fields in California. Pest management activities for strawberry nurseries are discussed only as they impact pest problems in the field.

About Harvest

Monitor weekly for lygus bug.

Monitor for spider mites and caterpillars.

  • Keep records, and manage as needed according to the Pest Management Guidelines.

Monitor for other insects and mites and flag locations with problems:

  • Aphids
  • Cyclamen mite
  • Thrips
  • Vinegar flies
  • Spotted-wing drosophila
  • Whiteflies

Look for diseases and flag locations with problems:

  • Angular leaf spot
  • Anthracnose
  • Common leaf spot
  • Fusarium wilt
  • Leaf blotch
  • Macrophomina crown rot
  • Phytophthora crown rot
  • Red stele root rot
  • Verticillium wilt

Manage diseases as needed according to the Pest Management Guidelines.

  • Botrytis fruit rot
  • Powdery mildew

Look for vertebrate pests, flag locations with problems:

  • Deer
  • Ground squirrels
  • Moles
  • Pocket gophers
  • Voles

Survey for weed emergence; manage as needed according to the Pest Management Guidelines.

Remove and discard decayed fruit and fruit with water damage.

Look for bird damage on fruit, especially in locations with a history of bird presence.

Consider monitoring salinity of irrigation water.

Monitor soil moisture and irrigate as needed.

Apply fertilizer as needed.

Text Updated: 07/18