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  1. #1 Need help with plant tomato/jalapeno Pests 
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    I am growing tomato and Jalapeno plants for Psyllid research and some of my plants look like this.

    These are the ill Jalapenos








    These are the tomatos




    This one has some sort of larva on it


    I also found these guys on the tomato plants


    So i need to get rid of them and more importantly prevent them from coming back. Problem is these plants are intended for psyllids to eat and using insecticide may kill my test subjects prematurely. so thats not really an option. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREAT.


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    Could that be a flea beetle?
    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/E/I-CO-EHIR-AD.008.html
    Maybe aphids


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    Hmmm, the "larve" look like they possibly are immature sawfly larvae at first glance. The beetles are not easy to tell on sorry
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    Lady bugs will eat aphids, and they are "cute".
    http://gurneys.com/beneficial-insects/c/39/
    There's also Mantids; http://www.mantisplace.com/mantisforsale.html#TOP
    It looks as if the Tenodera aridifolia sinensis(Chinese) Mantis is the best bet for your purposes. There's also Mantis Religiosa(European), I think those are probably the one's that exist locally(Pacific Northwest). I handle wild ones all the time and they are quite docile. I've never actually ordered anything from this site so the Mantid advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I know that Gurneys is reputable. My grandfather ordered from them frequently when he was alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil
    Lady bugs will eat aphids, and they are "cute".
    http://gurneys.com/beneficial-insects/c/39/
    There's also Mantids; http://www.mantisplace.com/mantisforsale.html#TOP
    It looks as if the Tenodera aridifolia sinensis(Chinese) Mantis is the best bet for your purposes. There's also Mantis Religiosa(European), I think those are probably the one's that exist locally(Pacific Northwest). I handle wild ones all the time and they are quite docile. I've never actually ordered anything from this site so the Mantid advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I know that Gurneys is reputable. My grandfather ordered from them frequently when he was alive.
    My first though would be that the parasites are too small for the mantids to consider eating. But I don't know for certain. The ladybugs may be the best option
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    I can't pull up the pics but I can tell you right now if your growing indoors you MUST KEEP AREA CLEAN And free of moisture. Number one problem growing indoors is carpet and lack of temp and light. At any rate outdoor or in, If you have put insecticides on the plant since the plant had it's first cycle of leaves ( Second to fourth set of true leave production) you may be attracting those insects to the plants maybe because there immune to that pesticide. Outdoor growth you may run into different bug types do to climate and location. With plants, especially fruiting plants, everything is a factor. Temp, nutrients, and water are huge to. Always check ph and keep it green. 5 to 6.5 are acceptable . Hope you relate to something here. Good luck and keep planting!
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    DILL won't grow....sheesh it is a freaking weed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    DILL won't grow....sheesh it is a freaking weed!
    Silly, everybody knows dill doesn't just grow, it has to be extracted from pickle tree fruit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    DILL won't grow....sheesh it is a freaking weed!
    Silly, everybody knows dill doesn't just grow, it has to be extracted from pickle tree fruit.
    I have canned dill pickles with fresh dill for 35 years!!!

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