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May 21, 2017 5:12 AM CST
How do i get rid of rhese specks or should I pull them up before the spread??
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Name: Christine
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May 21, 2017 6:05 AM CST
Looks like a bad infestation of Aphids, other members will help you eliminate the nasty critters Welcome! You've come to the right place for help Thumbs up
Name: Elaine
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May 21, 2017 7:15 AM CST
On tomatoes, you can't use most insecticides so just hosing the plants off with a gentle spray -
set the hose nozzle on "mist" - will take out most of those darned aphids. Do this on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a week and the aphids will stay away. This also works for spider mites.

Be sure to hose the undersides of the leaves too.

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May 21, 2017 11:35 AM CST
For an infestation that bad, I would spray with insecticidal soap than, after you elminate most, you can start washing them off.

You can use more deadly means but read the label carefully (and do it in the evening so you don't murder all the good bugs too). If your tomatoes are just starting out and you don't have any fruit, spray away. But the closer you are to harvest, the more careful you have to be.

Luckily, aphids are easy to kill but if you wash them off, expect a certain number to find their way back to your plants.

I am using a spray bottle filled with alcohol on more and more insect pests (mixed at the rate of 1 part alcohol to 3 parts water). The insects don't build up resistence to it and there are no residual effects. I haven't tried it on tomatoes but it works great on hybiscus and orchids. Maybe spray one leaf and see what happens. Spray then wash the alcohol off immediately. I wouldn't do this in the sun.
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May 21, 2017 7:51 PM CST
Thanks for all the suggestions

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