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maggots found in tomatoes were diagnosed by the Dept Agriculture as being moth larvae & not fruit fly maggots. They could give me no further info on how to deal with the problem. The maggots are white with a tiny brown head, seen them up to 1 cm long. Inf

Submitted: 08:00PM, 06 Apr 2010
Answer: Dear Tess,

From your description of the larvae it does sound like fruit fly larvae. The fruit fly lay their eggs just beneath the skin of the fruit. When the larvae hatch they crawl into the centre of the fruit. Fruit fly larvae are often called “maggots” and are creamy white in colour. The product used to control this pest is Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control or Lebaycid Fruit Fly & Insect Killer

The other pest that attack tomatoes is the Tomato Grub. The adult is a moth that lay the eggs on the young growth. The small caterpillars feed on the soft foliage but soon move onto the fruit. These caterpillars are green/brown in colour with tripes along their body. You will notice the caterpillar with entry and exit holes in the fruit. When the caterpillar has eaten enough, it leaves the plant and burrows down into the soil where it pupates. The product to use for this pest is Mavrik, Success, Dipel and Yates Tomato Dust.

If you would like to email a photo of this pest along with the damage it has caused, we would be in a better postion to correctly identify this pest.

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