Help! My Tomato Plant is Under Attack!!!

One day all was well, the next my plant is SWARMED with Witeflies! Hundreds and hundreds of these tiny annoying flies are covering my plant and they swarm in a cloud when I water it. I read online that a solution of Pantene ProV  Clarifying Shampoo and water coated all over the leaves (front and back) is a recommended treatment. But the problem is this shampoo is being discontinued and I am having a terrible time finding it! One person on eBay wants $30 for one bottle! No, thank you!

So, I have tried what I have on hand. I made a mixture of Herbal Essence Degunktify (which is a clarifying shampoo) and water and went to town. I sprayed and they swarmed. In my eyes, in my hair and up my nose! Uck! But I think my plant is pretty well coated. Poor thing, already leaves are scumming to the treacherous whiteflies.

I guess I will check back tomorrow and see how the swarm is doing… anyone have any ideas for me? I am open to suggestions! HELP!

5 thoughts on “Help! My Tomato Plant is Under Attack!!!”

  1. I don’t know if they’re gnat size, but I would suggest spraying them directly with pump bottle holding spray if they are. Makes their wings stick and they’ll “bug” off. Good Luck!

  2. Jen,
    I heard from a gardener friend that any soapy water will repel bugs. I also remember hearing that the only thing that deters Killer Bees is a mixture of Tide and water.

    You could try Tide. If it works on Killer Bees, what chance have flies got?

    Good luck,

  3. Oh man, those sound nasty! I haven’t encountered any flies yet, but I’ll definitely keep my eyes out for them. Yesterday, a gigantic tomato hornworm attacked my plant (I actually blogged about it today)…ate it to the stem! I cannot believe he ate it all, blew my mind.

    Good luck and let us know what works!


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