Cherry Tomatoes
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Bugs on tomatoes

Zone 33903 | Anonymous added on August 28, 2017 | Answered

I have a hybrid sweet 100 cherry tomatoe plant and it's doing well I have appx 50 to 60 fruits growing and starting to ripe. Well allow sudden I notice this bug I've never seen before it's a bright red orange color and flat like a stink bug. That's the best I can describe it has long antennae and many legs it looks like. And then the next day I found a brown colored one. I've been trying to watch and keep them off and now today I find 6 or 7 little... Smaller than a pea.. red spider or ant looking bugs. I'm totally scared to touch them for some reason. I rushed them off. I live in SW Florida I garden in a rolling container garden and use eggs, coffee grinds, Epsom salt and just recently tried banana peels. And it's in with one sweet banana pepper plant. And I never see a year bugs on it. Ugh any thoughts? T. I. A

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on August 29, 2017

Yes, this is a Tomato Stink Bug or Arvelius albopunctatus.

I would pick off the pest and dispose of.
I would then treat the plants with Neem Oil.

These articles will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/stink-bug-control.htm

http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r783300211.html

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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