Maggots eating Strawberry Leaves

Answered by Gavin Posted in Category Pest Control & Nature

Dear Harrod

How can I get rid of the little maggots eating my strawberry leaves?




Hello Michael

I'm guessing that these maggots as you call them must be caterpillars. There are a few species of moth larvae that happily feed on strawberry leaves, and if you don't have too many plants then the best way to deal with them is to remove by hand and destroy them. Alternatively you can apply nematodes (follow this  ink ). If eating fruit after applying then just make sure you wash it well. Follow directions on the packet and you can't go wrong.


Many thanks for your query, and good luck.


Gavin Hatt

Pest Control Expert





Ok the picture helps and I can see they are Sawfly larvae (most probably Rose Sawfly looking at colour and shape). 

You can still use what I recommended (nematodes) but if not too many plants I suggest picking them off.


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Believe it or not I began my career as a cobbler, however, after 11 years in the trade I decided to pursue my boyhood dream of studying insects (this I had already been doing for much of my life!). Whilst studying towards this career change I applied for a part-time post in the entomology department at one of the UK's leading plant biological science research institutes. I was fortunate enough to secure the post, to which I have now occupied for 12 years full-time.


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