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Date published: September 29, 2023

Say “Tata!” to Tuta

Say “Tata!” to Tuta

Important facts about Tuta absoluta

The tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta, which originates from South America, has been popping up everywhere for the last twelve years. This tropical moth particularly likes tomatoes grown in nice and warm conditions. But this moth is a true nuisance that is also a master of concealment. So, be extra alert if this moth decides to visit your greenhouse or farm. In order to tackle this pest effectively, it is essential to keep the following things in mind:

  • In warm countries, this moth lives freely in nature, but this moth has also become a pest in heated greenhouses. In a temperate climate, the moth cannot survive outside the greenhouses, thus, the warmer the environment, the bigger the problem.
  • These moths prefer tomatoes but also have a taste for other members of the nightshade family of plants. They can also feed and survive on potatoes, aubergines, sweet peppers, tobacco, and weeds such as Datura stramonium, Lycium chilense, and Solanum nigrum.
  • The caterpillars of the tomato leaf miner moth live inside the leaves of plants.
  • Since the caterpillars crawl into the leaves, control with chemical products is not effective. In addition, as Tuta absoluta has been controlled with these agents so frequently, it has become resistant to nearly all chemicals.
  • If you're not sure if there are moths in the crop or if you would like to find out how many there are hiding, you can use the Deltatrap in combination with Pherodis pheromones to monitor the population.
  • Years of research as well as recent practical experiences have shown that Tuta absoluta can be controlled very effectively with insect-parasitic nematodes. The product Entonem (the nematode Steinernema feltiae) is sprayed on the leaf and penetrates the caterpillar through a natural body opening.
  • If the females and males of the tomato leaf miner are unable to find each other, then logically reproduction stops as well. Koppert's Tutasan product can be helpful in mass trapping the males. Tutasan is a water trap and is used in combination with Pherodis pheromones. The pheromone attracts the males, which then drown in the water.
  • The Deltatrap used in combination with Koppert's Pherodis pheromone dispensers can also help you to effectively control the pest. The males are lured into the trap, after which they stick to an adhesive surface allowing you to count them.

Contact us to find out more on how to effectively control Tuta absoluta in partnership with nature.