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Tomato Pests

Tomato Horn Worm

Tomato Pests

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

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 and 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

Whitelflies 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 their transmission of diseases of plants.

#3 Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Horn Worm

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 tomotoes.  Pick the buggers off your plants and place them in a bucket of soapy water.

#4 Slugs

Slug Near Tomato Plant

Slugs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They love to chew through leaves on plants and through fruits & veggies.

There are many ways to combat slugs.
Here are some suggestions.

#5 Green Stink Bug Nymph

Green Stink Bug Nymph

A pest of pest nuts, grains, seeds, and fruits. Loves the following trees: elderberry, dogwood, basswood, black cherry, and pine trees.

#6 Aphids

Aphids in Garden

It is important to know that aphids come in all different colors. Have an issue in your flower and crop gardens? Read this blog post, I can help!

#7 Leafminers

Leaf Miner Evidence

Leaf miner injury to tomato leaves
Photograph by Ana Keliikuli

#8 Bird Injury

Bird Injury

Birds like to drill at your fruits at vegetables on occassion.  It is not uncommon.

#9 Squirrels

Squirrels are sassy!  They love to dig up plants, chew plants, chew threw fruits and vegetables and cause issues in flower gardens.

#10 Deer

Seeing Double

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 attacking 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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