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~lenore    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:17:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh by the way. I just looked at my tomato plants and a whole group of bad looking little reddish orange bugs with black legs were hanging out on my green tomatoes!! What are they? Will they damage the tomatoes? I figure they are up to something not good. Why else would they hang out there?

What can I spray or should I not do anything? I did not plant tomatoes to feed bugs or birds or worms!!


dale anne    Posted 05-27-2004 at 05:01:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
howdy lenore....I have 32 plants right now and will tell ya a sure fire way to keep bugs away is to plant marigolds between the plants or ya a few sixpacks of these cheap plants and the bugs will go away....dale anne...will look up the book i use to have called company plants..tells ya what to plant next to certain veggies to keep bugs away...get back to ya when i find it

Big T    Posted 05-26-2004 at 19:53:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I looked at Colordo potato not the same.. the stripes are side ways..

Big T    Posted 05-26-2004 at 18:58:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, I live 30 miles west of Lubbock Texas i have the same bugs they have ate all the leaves....

jeanette    Posted 05-26-2004 at 16:10:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
spray them with raid house and garden!! that stuff kills everything

lamadon    Posted 05-26-2004 at 15:45:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You can make a good bug repelant spray by steeping about 4 tbs of red man chewing tobaco in a pint of hot water in cheese cloth for aprox half hour to 45 min remove cheese cloth bag, mix 1&1/2tbs dish soap in to solution then spray on underside of leaves lightly (after it cools compleatly) you can also mix some fish emulsion or some compost tea into mix to fertilize as well with same application. and repeat after it rains for it washes off easy. My dad mixes 5 gal. at a time and sprays weekly, he mixes the fertilizer type for regular use and straight for bad infestations. Be sure to wash veggie's the soap dont taste good and the tobaco aint good for ya. Good Luck, hope this helps

Bob Mi    Posted 05-26-2004 at 14:06:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think thoes bugs will hurt anything. But keep an eye on the plants and the tomatoes if you see spots on the tomatoes or holes in the leaves go to the store and get some tomatoe dust

RayNC    Posted 05-26-2004 at 14:02:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We use good ole' soapy water to clean off the bugs when they show up, just put a little dish detergent in a spray bottle, add water and give each plant a good bath. The soap water also kills the bugs by suffocating them.

bill b va    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:45:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

sounds like colorodo potato bug larve . do a google image search for colorodo potato bug . look at the larve images and compare . if you have them easy to dust or spray other wise they will strip the folliage and the plant will die

Jimp Co.    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:50:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
We take offense to that. WE got no stinking bad potatoe bugs here.
Must be a Va. bug cause they don't like our cold weather.

Melanie    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:30:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the well-known bug gang, the "Hell's Aphids."

Actually, I don't know... but I hope somebody can help you :)

DD    Posted 05-26-2004 at 15:28:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one Melanie! : )

Smitty    Posted 05-26-2004 at 13:26:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
They may be Lady Bugs which is a good thing as Lady Bugs eat aphids which are on the tomatoes.

~Lenore    Posted 05-26-2004 at 14:03:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
No not lady bugs; I know lady bugs.
These are bigger, about triple the size and look more like spiders, well their legs do.
They are angular in their body shape and travel in herds or groups of 12-15 in clusters.

KellyGa    Posted 05-26-2004 at 18:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know exactly what you are talking about. I had them all over my azaleas for a few years. Don't ever see them now. The azalea bush is fine, but they were annoying, just ecause there were so many of them. Just to be on the safe side, I would do the soapy water thing.

Bob Mi    Posted 05-26-2004 at 14:16:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore I don't know what state your from but in Michigan I'v never seen anything like you explained !! If you are going to soap them use soap with limon in it,it is a natural bug repelant

~Lenore.... you dont know    Posted 05-26-2004 at 15:11:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

You dont know where I am from?!
I do not know how you missed it.
I mention it every chance I get.
Thanks for giving me another opportunity!!

bill b va    Posted 05-26-2004 at 18:18:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

i heard about the lady that was elected sheriff down there . had the biggest posse in texas !

Bob Mi    Posted 05-26-2004 at 15:38:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
We havent even planted our tomatoes yet! I'm jelous I love your state but I wish they would quit making laws giving up their freedom.

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