But last week I noticed some Leaffooted Bugs on them...
Here's the adults. They're kind of big and ugly looking. They're related to the stink bug and they suck the juices out of the tomatoes.
Here's some babies and even though they are smaller they are no less destructive than the adults.
Here's the damage they do. There will be soft watery spots on the tomato and then bacteria can start growing in it...yuck!
Each day while we're out in the garden we're looking for these guys and squooshing them because that is our favorite pest control method. Now they are related to the stink bug...you might want to consider that before you squoosh yours. Other than spraying with something that will kill all bugs (including bees) there's not much else to do.
But here's something interesting I've observed...
- The Rutger tomatoes are the most covered. We have 2 beds with this variety one at each end of the tomato area and both beds have a lot more leaffooted bugs than the other beds.
- The Romas are the next susecptible.
- I've only seen a few of these on the Lemon Boy.
- I've not found any on the Purple Cherokee or the small tomatoes. I'm not saying they've never had any, I'm just saying I've not ever seen these bugs on the them nor have I've seen any leaffooted damage on the Purple Cherokees or the small bugs.
It'll be interesting when the season is over to figure out an average of how many pounds of fruit each tomato plant produced and to see what varieties did the best.
I did have a friend tell me that Hyacinth Beans attract leaffooted bugs and that she plants them near her tomatoes so that the bug will eat the beans and leave the tomatoes alone. We might try that next year.
Have you ever had these bugs? Is there another organic way of getting rid of them?
I'm sharing this post at Tuesday Garden Party.