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Spiders eating my tomatoes

Posted by Bayla 6NYC (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 31, 05 at 14:47

Hi, I grew cherry tomatoes and "regular" size tomatoes for the first time this year. I have to say that they are all wonderfully delicious. I have noticed on the latest batch of larger tomatoes, that there were large single slashes in the fruit. I noticed a white spider in one of the slashes, and I assume that he is the culprit.

What is the suggested remedy? I don't want to use pesticides, chemicals at all.

Bklyn, NY

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RE: Spiders eating my tomatoes

  • Posted by suze9 z8a TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 31, 05 at 17:25

I doubt the white spider is the culprit. The likely answer is that you've got something else making or causing the slashes and the spider just crawled into one of them.

Could it be that your fruits are splitting or cracking?

RE: Spiders eating my tomatoes

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 1, 05 at 13:15

Spiders don't eat plants aor parts thereof.

Most likely the fruits are cracking on their own. The remedy? Harvest daily.

RE: Spiders eating my tomatoes


Not a chance the little feller eats things that do eat maters, "spiders are great.
I do know that some are bad in the wrong environment but I can only think of two.
Black widow and Brown recluse and your not likely to find them in the garden.
Folks I let these little guys crawl on me and have since I was 9 or 10.
I am as passionate about spiders as Tomato Worm 59 is about hornworms.
I just love the things.


RE: Spiders eating my tomatoes

I have the same thing that happens, but it is usually because the fruit is old. They either split down the side on the vine or after picking and letting them sit for a while.

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