Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:01
There are lots of threads on this subject and everyone has a different view on the best solution unfortunately! Vigilance and night hunting seem to be the most effective methods but it's hard in the early part of the season if you have a lot of young vulnerable plants. Some years are worse than others - cold, frosty weather can help, while mild wet winters are perfect conditions for them and if they then get a foothold early on and then breed....
It might take a few years to get a good balance of predators to help too. Perhaps you could grow a few less 'vulnerable' plants until that happens, or grow them in numbers that are easier to keep a watch over. Keeping plants undercover till they're a good size also helps. Strong sturdy plants can withstand the onslaught more easily.
Destroying them when you catch them is a sure way of making sure they don't return for seconds at your classy restaurant somapop