Bugs/mites on tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jwilliams06
May 30, 2010
I have about 20 tomato vines on my upper balcony (I'm in an urban setting so they're planted in containers) and have had great success for the past 3 seasons. This is the first year that I've noticed white flaky (almost looks like ashes) stuff on a couple of the plants and then have noticed that the underside of some of the leaves have tiny green coloured bugs. What can I do to get rid of them?

Answer from NGA
May 30, 2010


If the white flecks fly away when disturbed, they are whiteflies. Green colored bugs congregating on the undersides of the leaves might be aphids. Either/both of these pests can be washed off with plain water from the hose. If they return, insecticidal soap can control them. Best wishes with your tomatoes!

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