Tiny, red-orange insects in my strawberry bed

Fond Du Lac, WI(Zone 5a)

So last year my strawberry bed had some strange, tiny, red-orange insects crawling around it during summer. I didn't want to spray insecticide around my berries so I just killed what I could see with my shoe. I was just weeding the area this weekend when I noticed red-orange pods laying in groups on top and sometimes on the undersides of the strawberry leaves. I'm a little discouraged, I don't know what I'm dealing with here. I've plucked the pod-infested leaves that I've found but I'm sure I can't find them all! Am I going to have to burn my strawberry beds to the ground? :)

I'll post a picture of the pods tonight. I didn't have a camera available yesterday.




Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Yes, post images on this thread as soon as you can and we'll help you with an ID.

Fond Du Lac, WI(Zone 5a)

Finally got a camera!

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Sinks Grove, WV

These are too small to obtain a clear image, but these look more like beetle eggs to me than anything else - see http://tinyurl.com/2e2lk2b for an image of lady beetle eggs.

Fond Du Lac, WI(Zone 5a)

The link eggs aren't as oval as the ones I have? I've taken a closer pic.

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Sinks Grove, WV

Those were meant simply as an example not as an exact match for yours. See http://tinyurl.com/26zbr9v for a different example. BTW, a couple of the eggs in your image appear somewhat desiccated.

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