debbie_(z5 MA)August 22, 2008

A bug has been eating my tomatoes, it leaves small holes in them which quickly rot. Yesterday I found a green grasshopper, about an inch long, that seemed to be causing the problem. I don't see many of them, but most plants have damage. Has anyone had grasshoppers eating the fruit? Or is there a known green, grasshopper-like bug that attacks tomatoes? Is there anything I can do? thanks

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I just came in from checking my tomato plants, where I was just looking at one of those little boogers MUNCHING on a green tomato! And right next to it was ANOTHER one munching on a big green tomato also. It was about an inch and a half long, green, and had red on it's hind legs, the large thigh area. Don't know what kind it is ... but I have seen more grasshopper varities this year, than ever before.

I was very dismayed last night to find a couple of holes in a just ripening German Queen Heritage tomato, that I had been anticipating tasting. Never had a heritage tomato plant before, and I am very annoyed! I haven't done any pesticide spraying, and don't want to. I guess I'll just need to "hover" over the plants, and slap those grasshoppers silly!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 5:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Grasshoppers can be very difficult to control. We got lucky this year in that they seemed to have lower numbers than normal, probably due to the extreme drought. They do have something called 'nolo' or something like that, but it takes months to work, as it affects life cycles. I think Guineas eat lots of grasshoppers, but some people don't want them around anymore than the grasshoppers. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 6:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What is wrong with this leaf?
This Pink Brandywine has one bottom leaf that is dry...
Hardening Off As A Prelude To Plant Out
Sooner or later (sooner is better :-)) , time will...
Seysonn_ 7b-WA/HZ1
Tomato clips
I'm thinking of using tomato clips this year. Tying...
T-5 Grow light question on seedlings that just germinated
I should no this by now, but seedlings with out true...
Pinetree Garden Seed Company for Cuostralee
Is Pinetree Garden Seed a reliable source for tomato...
Sponsored Products
John Boos Newton Prep Master Cutting Board with Juice Groove and Pan Multicolor
$149.95 | Hayneedle
Grasshopper Solid Brass Pull
Signature Hardware
Querida Blue 18 x 18 Patterned Throw Pillow
$57.95 | Bellacor
Grasshopper Green Griffith Love Seat & Chair
$179.99 | zulily
Quoizel Pink Dragonfly Tiffany Style Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Well Woven Rugs Expressions Wallaby Lattice
Home Depot
Grasshopper Table in Clear
$454.99 | Dot & Bo
Grasshopper Floor Lamp in Black
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™