Pests and Diseases forum→White Squiggly Lines on Tomato and Mint Plants

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Akell301
Jun 3, 2020 10:18 AM CST
Correction to subject line: tomato and CATNIP plants

Hi, I am new to this community and gardening and was wondering if anyone would be able to give me a hand.

I have been seeing white squiggly lines on my catnip and tomato leaves for the past few weeks. I live in Florida so it is very humid and has been raining most days. When it isn't raining I water at the base of the plants about once a week and both plants get about 5-7 hours of sun.

Does anyone know what this could be? I've searched but haven't been able to find a picture that looks like this. Also, I cut the leaves off that I saw had these before and destroyed them but it looks like it's back and it doesn't affect just bottom or old leaves. The other leaves are green and healthy looking.

Any ideas on what this is and how to treat??
Thanks in advance
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PaleoTemp
Jun 4, 2020 7:52 AM CST
Systemic insecticide will kill the intruders and their eggs, they seem to be leaf miners.
Of course you can remove those leaves and destroy them so to not continue the cycle of infestation of other plants, then you use no chemicals. But, there will be eggs hatching at later time and new adults will lay new eggs, new larva will start mining the leaves again.

I wonder if that fly in your first photo is not the one actually laying some eggs right now, it kinds of look like it actually.
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