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How Do I Stop Bugs Or Caterpillars From Eating Holes…

Shelly Asked

How do I stop bugs or caterpillars from eating holes in my tomato plants?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Shelly: As with any plant material, it is important to plant them in ideal growing conditions. Tomatoes are more likely to have insect problems when they are not given adequate sunlight, moisture, and/or nutrients. This being said, there are insects that are specific to tomatoes and can be controlled after they have been identified. Caterpillars can be safely controlled using BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) if used at an early stage. Insecticidal soaps/oils are organic controls for most insects, but I cannot give you specifics not knowing what the insects you are dealing with. You can take a sample to your Extension Service or to a reliable garden center. For now, remove any foliage that is damaged, and keep the area free of plant debris since this provides a nice home for additional insects to live.

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