Your flower buds are just starting to show – and that means the pests won’t be far behind.

With the demand for out-of-season strawberries rising they are increasingly being grown under protection – and whilst the use of artificial substrates in raised beds to facilitate picking has lead to a reduction in disease levels it has also led to an increase in pest pressure.

Whether you grow early fruiting, mid season or late and everbearers in the glasshouse, poly tunnel or outdoor in the natural season FLiPPER® is proven to effectively control the economically important pests that cause crop damage.

Several species of aphids can occur in strawberries, as well as white fly, mites (both tetranychus and tarsonemids), caterpillars, blossom weevil and vine weevil. Adult female red spider mites can be a real problem, becoming active in early spring after overwintering. The mites feed on the underside of the leaves and this causes mottled yellowing. Heavily infested plants grow poorly and become stunted, they appear covered with webbing bearing little or no fruits.

Another serious crop pest of strawberries is the vine weevil. The adult feeds at night on the foliage causing a distinctive marginal notching and although leaf damage is unlikely to be important, it indicates that damage by grubs may occur later. The grubs are a much more serious problem, feeding on the roots by burrowing deep in the base of the crown and causing the plant to die.

Aphids can also cause severe damage especially after mild winters when high populations produce leaf distortion and stunting of plants. The flowers can also be malformed and therefore little fruit develops. Some species of aphids are also carriers of virus diseases causing anything from yellowing of the leaves, reduced leaf size, and leaves crinkled and distorted, to stunting of the plant and yield seriously reduced.

Whenever your growing cycle starts application of FLiPPER® at just six key stages will give you lasting control of pest populations by effectively controlling the eggs, larvae and adults of a broad spectrum of sucking pests, effectively protecting strawberry plants.

The optimum times for application are:

– day 57: when flower buds are visible
– day 59: the hollow ball stage
– day 61: at first flower
– day 66: just after full flower
– between day 67 and day 81: when flowers are fading with the majority of petals falling and maturity of fruit
– between day 81 and day 92: between the maturity of and senescence
– day 92: the beginning of dormancy.

FLiPPER® is not only kind to the beneficial insects and pollinators that you rely on but, because the active ingredient comes from natural sources, it has also been EU evaluated as ‘Food Grade Material’, and leaves no detectable residues or crop safety issues.

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Safe to use on multiple crops and giving lasting control of pest populations, FLiPPER® is a cost-effective and sustainable crop protection solution that helps you to maximise your strawberry crop.