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How do you clean strawberries to get the bugs out of them? I saw it on my computer a week or so ago, and can’t remember what was said.

When you pick strawberries directly from the farm (which is common this time of year), bugs may be more common than when purchasing strawberries from stores. Strawberries purchased from the store have been cooled immediately after harvest so few bugs remain. Here is the proper way to handle your strawberries:
Always refrigerate your strawberries to 34 degrees Farenheight. Keep berries away from moisture . Don’t wash berries until just before use. Leave green caps on and wash berries with a gentle spray of cool water. After washing, remove the green caps from berries with a light twist or with the point of a paring knife.
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  1. Sounds like you’ve got squash bugs. You’ve altualcy been doing about the best thing and is what we do when we get them on our tomato plants – just go out there and pick them off.Some other suggestions:# Trap squash bugs by laying out boards or pieces of newspaper. Squash bugs will congregate under the boards at night, and then can be collected and destroyed in the morning.# Remove plant debris around the garden during the growing season to reduce the potential harborages where squash bugs may hide. Clean up cucurbits and other plant matter around the garden in the fall to reduce the number of overwintering sites.Good luck!Respond

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