Tomato Insects - Knowledgebase Question

Walkersville, Ma
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Question by purpleconfet
July 23, 2010
Upon approaching my tomato plants tonight I thought the leaves were covered with tiny black ants. Upon closer inspection I saw a few insects also that look like a cross between a cricket and a box elder bug. I think the black ant appearance was insect residue. How do I save my plants from destruction? Thank you.

LaVonne Hill

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2010
It's really difficult to identify a pest by a description but given that you are growing tomato plants and the pests are leaving a sticky black residue, my best guess is that you are dealing with blister beetles. Hand picking the pests is the easiest way to control them; using Insecticidal Soap, Rotenone, or Bonide's Beetle Killer is another option. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Good luck with your tomatoes!

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