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[Tomato Dirt #109] Be on the Lookout for These 3 Tomato Pests
August 03, 2016

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 15

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FEATURE: Be on the Lookout for These 3 Tomato Pests

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As growing season progresses, check your tomato plants often for pests. These three are especially common in container tomatoes, but check the plants in your garden patch, too.

  • Aphids. You can identify aphid attack by curled leaves. They feed on emerging leaves and stems, creating holes or stunted endings. Aphids can be knocked off with a spray of water or a soap solution in a spray bottle with water and a drop of liquid soap.
  • Tomato hornworms. These caterpillar-like pests attach themselves to the underside of a tomato’s leaves, making it difficult to find them right away. Look for stems missing leaves, leaf wilt, or dark green pellets on a lower leaf indicating the presence of a hornworm above. Hornworms feast on both tomato leaves and green tomatoes. Control by handpicking.
  • Slugs. When un-staked tomatoes flop on the ground, slugs are happy campers – they get easy access to leaves for munching. Consider staking tomatoes. Sprinkle Epsom salts where slugs creep to bid them good bye. Or capture slugs with slug traps. 

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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