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Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Posted by dirtguy50 6 SW MO (My Page) on
Tue, May 1, 12 at 10:01

Curious if this is slugs eating on my young tomatoes and would appreciate advise on controlling them. This is the second one to show this damage and both were low on the plant. Thanks and appreciate any advise.
Keith
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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Were these laying on the ground where slugs would have access? If not then I'd suspect either squirrels or hornworms although the bites are very round so squirrels would be my first guess.

If they are close to the ground then turtles will also make bites like that.

Dave


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Hey Dave, I guess my post didn't take so here we go again.
These small fruits were about a foot off the ground. No other leaf damage was apparent and searched of other critters and saw nothing. The edge of the wound is very smooth and it goes quite deep into the middle of the fruit. I set out a couple of beer traps and got a bunch of small worms that were very light in color and maybe 3/4 - 1". No adult slugs. Any other thoughts? Thanks again.
Keith


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Have you seen any army worms? They are wrecking havoc this year in our neck of the woods and up into yours right now. We even made the national news. Whoopee!

No sign of box turtles? That's a classic box turtle bite look. Otherwise I'll stick with squirrels. Slugs just don't climb that high.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Army worm pics


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Mice/rats is another possibility.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Looked hard for army worms and found nothing. No box turtles either. I did set some beer traps about dusk and check them at 10:00 with a flashlight and definately small slugs are getting in. Very small but obviously snails. No bigs ones though. I did notice some rollie-pollie bugs (that's the only name I know for them) around the bottom of a couple of plants. Don't want to continue to loose my little tomatoes. I will take a pic tomorrow to see if that helps. Thanks everyone.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Caterpillars of one kind or another. Check at night with a flashlight & dispatch when found.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

I vote for some sort of catepillar/worm. The bite is too smooth and too round to be a turtle or squirrel. Plus, with squirrels, you will usually see bite (teeth) marks where they taste - test the fruit first.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

I bet its a tomato horn worm or some other worm/caterpillar. They camouflage really well in the tomato plants and can be hard to spot if you have a lot of plants. I say check your plants carefully I bet you'll find the culprit.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

More evidence a hornworm is hiding somewhere. Searched for 30 minutes under ever leaf and stalk and cannot find the little menace. It looks like some hornworm dropping and a few leaves are completely chewed off. Will go out tonight and see if it's active but sure couldn't find the culpret anywhere. Checked the adjacent plant, but nothing. grrrrrrr!
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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Spray the plants with the hose and sometimes horn worms move a bit so you can see them in the day time.


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RE: Is this slugs eating my tomatoes?

Thanks everyone for all the help. Do far, no more damage but I am sure I now know what damage to look for now. The birds in the garden yesterday at noon may have solved me hunting failure as at midnight last night with a flashlight resulted in nothing and there is no more damage this morning. Will keep a close eye out. Thanks again.


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