Tomato pest

Asked August 21, 2019, 7:23 AM EDT

I have a problem with these worms eating my fruit. Can you identify it and suggest how to get rid of them? Thanks Ric

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1 Response

Your unwelcome visitor looks like a tomato fruitworm, also known as a corn earworm. Several products offer control, including those containing carbaryl, cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, Bt, permethrin, and acetamiprid. Those ingredients are found in Sevin, Ortho Bug-B-Gone, and Bonide 8, but they are also found in generic products as well. Be sure to watch the harvest interval on the label and not pick tomatoes before that time is up.