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Tomatoes getting "drilled"

Post  wncsohn on 7/4/2012, 11:00 pm

I'm pretty sure it's some sort of worm getting into some of my smaller tomatoes. Anyone have any idea what I should be looking for?

Here's a pic of a small cluster of the affected tomatoes.







I'm out there in my garden every morning (before it gets hot) checking all my little plants. I've picked off a few tomato horn worms and tossed them to the chickens and I've seen a couple of small "green" catapillary worm looking bugs on my tomatoes (which also get tossed to the chickens) but am wondering if I need to look harder. I really don't want to loose too many of my maters to bugs, ya know?

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Post  sceleste54 on 7/5/2012, 12:11 am

I've had spots like that on my tomatoes. When it ripens, sometimes there will be a bad spot on the inside and sometimes there will be nothing and the tomato is fine... I think maybe its a spot where something like a stinkbug sucked some juice out but the forming tomato overcame the problem and went ahead just like normal. You just never know....

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/5/2012, 7:00 am

Possibly birds pecking. My first 2 babies of the year got pecked. Never had it happen before, and will be watching to see if I need to put netting over the rest of my maters. They pecked a volunteer. If they go after my main crop Twisted Evil I have ways of making them disappear.....

It may help when my new neighbors move in next week. They have a Huskie that will keep the birds away and is not a garden destroyer!

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Post  wncsohn on 7/5/2012, 9:39 am

Thanks folks! I'll keep an eye on them! Smile

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Post  walshevak on 7/5/2012, 12:08 pm

I had to drape some tulle around some of my plants. The dang birds were pecking the maters as soon as the color started appearing.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/5/2012, 3:28 pm

Good grief...I never knew that birds pecked tomatoes. Crud.

Not that I have any to worry about at the moment but I have hiiiiii hopes! cheers

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Post  jazzycat on 7/9/2013, 11:39 am

I'm having this problem as well, only I KNOW it's worms because I've caught them in the act.  They are tiny green worms.  One also got one of my baby melons this morning, which was distressing, because I thought I only had one (melon), then I found the second one, only to have a little worm half way inside the fruit.   argh!

What do you do to battle worms?  I sprayed my entire garden with garlic spray this morning.  But I did that a few days ago, and they're still showing up.  I must've tossed 10 or 12 tomatoes over the past few days.  

Between the rain splitting my tomatoes, and now this battle with worms, I'm having a hard time keeping the faith that I can do this successfully.  

Oh, and they only seem to be attacking the tomatoes/fruits in the raised beds.  The ones that are in buckets, on the patio, so far are being left alone.  *keeping fingers crossed*  

So... any suggestions?

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/9/2013, 2:17 pm

@jazzycat wrote:Between the rain splitting my tomatoes, and now this battle with worms, I'm having a hard time keeping the faith that I can do this successfully.  

It's your first year! Every year is different and every year will present new challenges. You take each year as a learning experience and apply it to the next. Patience and HANDS ON experience.

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Post  jazzycat on 7/10/2013, 12:16 pm

Good news!  I went out this morning, and not a single worm, anywhere.  I don't know if it was the intense garlic spray or what, but at least for today, I feel pretty good again.  Very Happy

 And thanks Rooster.  My problem is, I have only a limited amount of energy every day.  I'm the sole caretaker for my aging mother and my extremely sick, disabled sister.  So it's hard having to do this on my own, with no help, in addition to all the other responsibilities I have piled on me.  (I mean physical help.  I get a lot of support here and I greatly appreciate that!  I just wish I wasn't on my own here.  It would nice if there was another person around that help with the chores.  I get overwhelmed sometimes, and it comes out in frustration.)

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Post  camprn on 7/10/2013, 5:29 pm

@jazzycat wrote:I'm having this problem as well, only I KNOW it's worms because I've caught them in the act.  They are tiny green worms.  One also got one of my baby melons this morning, which was distressing, because I thought I only had one (melon), then I found the second one, only to have a little worm half way inside the fruit.   argh!

What do you do to battle worms?  I sprayed my entire garden with garlic spray this morning.  But I did that a few days ago, and they're still showing up.  I must've tossed 10 or 12 tomatoes over the past few days.  

Between the rain splitting my tomatoes, and now this battle with worms, I'm having a hard time keeping the faith that I can do this successfully.  

Oh, and they only seem to be attacking the tomatoes/fruits in the raised beds.  The ones that are in buckets, on the patio, so far are being left alone.  *keeping fingers crossed*  

So... any suggestions?
Have you contacted your County Extension Service agriculture Agent about this most recent trouble?

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Post  jazzycat on 7/10/2013, 5:49 pm

camprn, no, because I know why they were splitting.  We just had about 2 weeks straight of nonstop rain.  I've been giving my tomatoes water from a self-watering bed/containers, and so the rain overwhelmed them, and they split.  I just picked them and cut off the split parts, and ate them.  No mystery there.

I haven't contacted them about the worms either.  I thought I would see what you guys had to say about it.  I believe they are fruitworms.  At least, that's what they look like. And from the descriptions online at pest websites, that's what it sounds like as well, because they bore into the fruit.

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Post  lyndeeloo on 7/10/2013, 9:16 pm

I was having a lot of trouble with my tomatoes as well, one morning I got up and they were covered with tiny worms. Eating the leaves and the tomatoes! Little holes in the fruit and big holes in the leaves. I squashed the ones I saw (several dozen) and hurried off to work hoping for the best. When I got home it was worse so I reluctantly broke out the BT and sprayed. Not another worm in sight for almost two weeks now. I don't like to spray but BT is organic and safe for humans and pets. I use it sparingly and only when I can't keep up with the infestation.

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Post  sanderson on 7/10/2013, 9:50 pm

@lyndeeloo wrote: I use it sparingly and only when I can't keep up with the infestation.

Wisely  okay

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