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Old July 13, 2022   #1
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Default Is this thrips damage?

I though my tomato plants was suffering from a thrips infestation so I did a soapy-spray yesterday. Today they look worst than ever. Thoughts?
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Old July 13, 2022   #2
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Take all leaves off.Looks like some kind of aphid.Put on white paper and see if they move.Note the vein's where they are sucking out the moisture.I spray a bonide product early in the morning before full sun.A magnifying glass will help to ID.Bag leaves,some aphids do fly.
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Old July 13, 2022   #3
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my first thought is spider mite
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Old July 13, 2022   #4
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Hi guys, so either spider mite or aphids, the soapy water spray (Dawn + water) should work, correct? ... applied last night but I swear it looked worst today!!

Kurt, if I take off all the leaves, I don't think there will be any left to produce food for the plant!
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I agree it does look like mites.As long as there are new growth suckers you should be all right.Good luck.
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Sorry I haven't been on the site lately. It is spider mites and soapy water won't get rid of them by itself. You need a stout dose of Permethrin or something stronger and you need to apply it more than once probably. It is an annual problem here when the hot dry spells last too long. Spider mites will stop almost all tomato production and kill any fruit set once they get bad. Stopping them early is the best action that can be taken otherwise you will lose a lot of leaves and have a big section of your plant that will be totally unproductive. Despite having a large population of ladybugs I had to spray my tomatoes for spider mites yesterday and my Peppers for a sudden influx of Leaf footed bugs that were ruining the fruit of both the peppers and tomatoes.

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