Tuta absoluta

The Tomato Leaf Miner Moth

In 2015, Tuta absoluta was reported for the first time in Nigeria. The tomato leaf miner moth was found in the Arumeru district- an important tomato growing region of the country.


The crop pest, Tuta absoluta, which can cause extreme damage in tomatoes, eggplants, aubergine, sweet peppers and potatoes, whilst also feeding on weeds from the Solanaceae family was found in the Kadawa Irrigation valley, which is the major producing area for the Dangote’s Dansa Tomato Company in Kano State, have been damaged by disease.

The pest can have severe economic losses by causing 80-100% of crop losses overnight. Furthermore, the presence of the larvae, pupae or adult moths on fresh produce can prevent the export of the fruit or vegetable, causing further financial losses.

Tuta absoluta is able to cause damage to both the leaf and fruit of the tomato plant and leaf and tuber of potatoes. This can drive the prices of the produce for locals as well as causing irreversible damage to the finance of many local farmers.

Invasive Pest

Tuta absoluta is a very invasive pest which is demonstrated by its recent history when it completely devastated tomato production in South America, following this the pest was imported into Spain in 2006 where it then proceeded to invade a huge portion of the Mediterranean region and beyond. Therefore, monitoring of Tuta is essential in ensuring timely and effective treatment to protect your tomato crops and your livelihood.


In Nigeria, Russell IPM is pleased to provide extensive training to farmers and others for Tuta absoluta identification, detection, surveillance, monitoring and sustainable use of control products for both large and small scale vegetable growers. Russell IPM’s training method supports sustainable agriculture in terms of financial and environmental means, furthered by continuing research, development and training to manufacture the most innovative and ground breaking products.

Tuta absoluta can be transported to new areas by the import and export of infested fruits and vegetables and in used tomato crates/packing boxes.

This continues to encourage Tuta to breed and grow, and preventative methods need to be taken.

To prevent large crop and financial losses, Tuta must be monitored in an efficient and effective way, and by using our unique and breakthrough methods, which are detailed on this website, you can detect, prevent and control this pest successfully.

 The key steps in preventing losses:

  • Prevention
  • Detection
  • Intervention


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