Anyone have any idea on how to get rid of these things?
I've searched the tomato forums and online.
I don't seem to be able to find a solution.
Are you sure that's what you have? Several insects look like them, including beneficials.
And would help to know what the creatures are doing to your plants.
Would help to see pictures of what's at your place.
Here's a bunch of pictures. It's a tough job trying to
take pictures of those little critters.
I have all the symptoms of them though. Rings around the
plant stems and major blossom drop.
I believe this first one is a nymph.
Think this one is an adult.
Great images! Thanks.
Unfortunately, to ID true bugs, we need to see the wings of the adult -- a top side view.
If they are tomato bugs, I located this info from UC http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r783301811.html
Here is a link that might be useful: tomato bug management
How about these.
And I've been to that link you provided. They say this:
Although no research has been conducted on control it
is believed that most insecticides used to control lygus
bugs or stink bugs will also control the tomato bug.
Information is from 2007 and I hoped to find something more
Have you tried planting Marigolds around your tomatoes? This usually helps, as most insects dislike the pungent aroma of these flowers. They will help drastically keep your pest level down. However, they don't seem to do much for grasshoppers, which is my main problem!