Got yourself tomato pests? Let’s go over a few of the common ones you might see, or the damage they might leave behind on occasion.
#1 Colorado Potato Beetle
The Colorado Potato Beetle is a major pest of plants in the nightshade family. Including potato crops, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. The beetle has a bright yellow and sometimes tinted orange body along with bold, dark brown stripes that almost look black to the eye that run the length of its body.
#2 Whiteflies on a Leaf of Tomato Plant
Whiteflies on a leaf of tomato (Lycospersicon esculentum). The major harm they do is indirect. This pest feeds by piercing plants and they secrete large amounts of honeydew that support unsightly or harmful infestations of sooty mold. By far their major importance as crop pests is there transmission of diseases of plants.
#3 Tomato Hornworm
This little guy can be your worse nightmare in the garden if left to have his way. They eat blossoms, leaves, and fruits.
The worms will eat clean through the fruit of your tomatoes. Pick the buggers off your plants and place them in a bucket of soapy water.
#5 Green Stink Bug Nymph
A pest of nuts, grains, seeds, and fruits. Loves the following trees: elderberry, dogwood, basswood, black cherry, and pine trees.
Stink bugs come in a variety of shapes & colors.
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Leaf miner injury to tomato leaves.
#8 Bird Injury
Birds like to drill at your fruits at vegetables on occasion. It is not uncommon.
Hang aluminum pie tins on strings around the garden. The reflective nature and swinging motion of the pie tins help scare off birds.
At night deer like to come into yards and nibble on plants. Other than placing barriers up, it is difficult to keep them out of gardens.
That takes care of many of the pests you will have to attack your tomato plants. Have another? Drop me a line with a picture on Facebook on Gardening Help Information and see if we can help you ID it, or search my albums of insects.
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