Something is eating my tomato plants. - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond, VA (Zone 7A)
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Question by clucy2
May 9, 2007
How can you keep unknown and unwanted insects, squirrels etc. from eating tomato plants?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2007
Few insects will really damage tomato plants, but there are some. Most notable is the tomato hornworm, a very large caterpillar. These can be picked off by hand -- typically these are rare, maybe one worm per plant if any at all. You might also see aphids, these can be rinsed off with a spray of water from the garden hose. Cutworms may damage newly set out transplants, these can be deterred by wrapping a newspaper or cardboard collar around the stem at ground level.

In my experience the most likely animals to eat your plants would be deer, woodchucks or rabbits; these can be fenced out of the garden or repelled with the repellent sprays labeled for the appropriate animal.

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