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Fleming, OH

August 10, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #6928024

This may have already been discussed, so forgive me if I'm repeating an old topic.
I'm not a regular tomato grower here, but I did manage to get some seeds started early this spring. The tomatoes have looked great and for the last few weeks I've been waiting patiently for them to ripen. Just this past week I picked my 1st one with several almost ready...and then the mosquitoes moved in.

They seem to be swarming my ripening tomatoes. I've google searched this and I'm finding several things on something in tomatoes that could be used as a mosquito repellent - but I seem to have the opposite problem. I've never seen or heard of this, so I'm wondering why they do this? Will it hurt my tomatoes? I just put out a sticky trap and I noticed that some are landing on the stems and are getting stuck. Is there anything else I can do that would kill the mosquitoes, but not me and the tomatoes?
Thanks for any help you can give-
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2009
3:35 AM

Post #6928681

Are you sure they are mosquitoes? One of my neighbors said he had mosquitoes in his tomatoes--it turned out they were a species of fruit fly.
Swanton, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6930545

I have mosquitos and they do not attack the tomatoes, only me!
Fleming, OH

August 10, 2009
6:56 PM

Post #6930961

Thanks Russ, I had never thought of fruit flys. Glad to know I'm not the only one who made that mistake.
bolino - lol, there is no shortage of mosquitoes here.
I'll have to wait till the passing Tstorm goes thru and I'll go out and see if I can nab one with a piece of tape so I can look a little closer- haul one in for questioning. The 2 that I squished yesterday were beyond identification when I was done:-)


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 10, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #6931016

plpfleming - talking TO the flies is okay - if they talk back, start looking for people in white coats :)
Toledo, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2009
8:21 PM

Post #6931266

As a matter of fact, I have noticed that the dang mosquitos have been taking refuge in my plants..but only because they come flying out from the branches to feed on me when I water them.

I thought, and I could be mistaken, that male mosquitoes actually DO feed on plants, but I've never heard of them being a garden pest in that sense.
Fleming, OH

August 10, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6931574

honeybee- I'd like to know why they're bothering my tomatoes...I only have 4 plants. I'm sure the neighbors across the way have a bumper crop...or maybe the deer and raccoon have wiped out the neighbors crop and that's why the ff's are at my house. Guess I should feel lucky then. But I better not hear a peep out of any of them, or I get out the heavy duty bug spray!
I do feel lucky that I don't have the blight and rot that's taken so many other's crops.
artemiss - I think they just sit in the bushes waiting for us to walk past.

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