There are many insects that can damage your strawberry plants and while causing damage to the plants, these insects could also transmit diseases. However, while you can handle many of the insects through effective use of biological insecticides, the one insect that seems to cause a lot of problems to strawberries is the ubiquitous ant.
There are many people who will tell you not to plant strawberries in a patch where any other fruit or vegetable was growing for the last 2 to 3 years. This seems to help in limiting the attack by ants. In addition, you will be advised to move your strawberry patch every 3 to 4 years to ensure that insects like ants do not build up in the area. However, even after following these measures, it is quite possible that your strawberries are attacked by ants. Then you should be looking for a safe insecticide for ants in strawberries.
Here are some insecticides that you can use against ants attacking your strawberries. One of the natural measures to get rid of ants from a strawberry patch is to use diatomaceous earth. This is product is also known as diatomite, kieselguhr or kieselgur. It is a soft sedimentary rock that easily breaks down into a fine white powder. However, the powder is abrasive in nature due to the presence of diatom fossils.
Diatomaceous earth attaches itself to the body of the ants and causes dehydration in them which is fatal.
You can also use sprays and powders on the anthills around the strawberry plants. Some of the sprays and powders that are highly effective in getting rid of ants in strawberries are Dursban, Diazinon, Baygon, carbaryl and bendiocarb. However, make sure that you do not spray or dust the plant directly with these insecticides, especially when the strawberry is flowering or it is bearing fruits. It goes without saying that you need to follow the directions on the label to ensure that you do not harm your strawberry plants.
One safe insecticide to tackle ant problem in your strawberry patch is Basic H. This is a biological spray made from soy beans. Other safe insecticides that you can use are rotenone and pyrethrum.
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