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Tomato Flies?

Post  garden girl on 7/25/2011, 1:36 pm

Finally hot weather has arrived in full force, after weeks upon weeks of weather so cool that all my plants were stunted. Yea hot weather!! cheers



Now my problem is that I notice little "flies" on my tomatoes. I don't know what they actually are - they are so tiny you have to get right up close to realize they aren't just specks of dirt. But there are quite a few of them on some tomato plants, and those same plants don't look as healthy as the ones without the critters.



Any suggestions as to what they might be and how to discourage then from my tomatoes? They are black, and I think they have wings, but they are so small it is hard to be sure (needed my other glasses!).



Thanks for any ideas!

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Re: Tomato Flies?

Post  camprn on 7/25/2011, 2:47 pm

I have no idea. would you be able to post a photo?

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Post  ModernDayBetty on 7/25/2011, 4:08 pm

I noticed them a couple of days ago, too. They just got crazy in our yard... I assume they are gnats or aphids, possibly both but idk. This post is on a similar topic. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7462-is-anyone-else-having-issues-with-flies-and-gnats

I sprayed them off all of my tomatoes two days ago, went out today to spray again but did not find many. Spraying with a strong spray of water really works. I have spray nozzle for the hose that has about 8 different settings. I had to play around to find the strongest setting that wouldn't destroy my tomato plants before spraying them. Using just the shower setting didn't knock them off. There are some dish soap mixes people use too. (I haven't)

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