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29/08/2013 at 16:52

Anybody got any ideas haw to get rid of woodlice? The little b##### are eating all my tomaoes in the greenhouse and at this rate i wont be getting any!!!!!

29/08/2013 at 17:25

Maud, wood lice tend to eat plant debris. I would wager that snails, slugs or caterpillars are damaging your tomatoes and that the wood lice are taking the opportunity to feed on the damaged fruit.

As for control - I've no idea.

29/08/2013 at 17:27

That's true about the woodlice. They're goodies.

29/08/2013 at 17:36

I've found woodlice inside holes in strawberries. Maybe if the tomatoes were damaged or splitting the woodlice would have a nibble.

 

29/08/2013 at 18:32

There is a spider that specialises in eating woodlice. It doesn't have a common English name but it's Latin name is Dysdera crocata. When you see one it is quite distinctive and unlike any other common spider. Not a very pretty spider, but it doesn't need to be as it's nocturnal. Found under stones or logs - we have a fair few in our cellar.

29/08/2013 at 22:51

Maud. Woodlice do only eat plant debris and stick to stuff on the ground. Have you seen woodlice in your GH.

I'm happy to be wrong but would have thought it a tad bit hot for them in there at this time of year and they are not known to be climbing insects so it's unlikely they would climb up the tom plants onto fruit.  

It could be caterpillars.

30/08/2013 at 16:37

I found ant killer worked wonders if sprinkled around them.

01/09/2013 at 18:45

Its definately woodlice ive sat in the greenhouse and watched them happily munching on my toms. Have now picked remaining ones and finishing them off on the bathroom window ledge. Think i have a new breed of them, kamakaze woodlice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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