Growing and eating your own tomatoes is very rewarding but you have to be patient and put in an effort to get rid of bugs as soon as possible, to help ensure table-quality tomatoes.
Natural Pest Control
The best way to get rid of bug infestation on your tomato plants is to introduce lady bugs. Lady bugs are carnivores that eat aphids and bugs but will not harm your plants.
Home-made Insect Repellent for Tomato Plants
You can make your own bug spray by combining one tablespoon of canola oil, one quart of water and a few drops of liquid soap. Spray the solution on the leaves and underside of leaves where insects often hide. The oil will smother insects and you will have to reapply this solution after heavy rains.
Pest Control for Tomato Plants
If you don’t have patience with natural insect repellents and you can try one of these methods:
- An insect trap – you can buy or make home-made insect traps, and stake them to your tomato plants.
- An electric bug zapper will help control any bug infestation on your tomato plants by luring bugs into it and killing them with electricity.
- A non-organic bug spray – although this should be your last resort.