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Question: Just planted tomatoes 2 weeks ago and wondering about what I should use to keep the insects away. I do use snail bate around the plants. What else should I use for the leaves besides a pesticide.

Answer: I like to use low-impact steps to control insects: encourage beneficial insects, watch for pests, stomp and squish all you can and use physical controls such as hair to repel slugs. You can encourage beneficial insects (which prey on destructive ones) by having lots of different flowers in bloom all season long). Keep your tomato plants healthy with lots of sunshine, and ample water, and scout for pests on a daily basis. If you find any, hose them off or pick them off your plants. If you find pest problems increasing and you cannot control with physical means, spray or dust with organic controls; for example, use Dipel for hornworms, and soapy water or pyrethrins for aphids and whiteflies. Good luck with your tomatoes!

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