A common pest found in greenhouses and indoor/ outdoor gardens, Thrips damage plants by sucking their juices and scraping at fruits, flowers and leaves. Plant leaves may turn pale, splotchy, and silvery, then die. Injured plants are twisted, discolored and scarred.
Adult and larval stages of Thrips feed on foliage and flowers causing extensive damage in a short time period under the right conditions. Damage typically shows up as stippling, silvering of the leaves, or discolored patches on the leaf surfaces, but can also be identified by the unique twisting they cause in new growth. Proactive control is important to limit risk of Thrips vectoring disease through feeding.
So what works best for Thrip control?...
Amblyseius Cucumeris: Attacks a wide variety of Immature Thrip species. Western Flower Thrips, Chilli Thrips. Also preservative/low infestations Broad Mites, Cyclamen and Two-Spotted Spider Mites.
Orius insidiosis aka Minute Pirate Bug: Attacks all stages of Thrips.
Hypoaspis Miles: Attacks Thrip Eggs, Fungus Gnat Larvae, Thrips, Sciarid Flies, Shore Flies, Root Aphids, Springtails, Root Mealybugs and Poultry Mites.
Ladybugs: Thrips, Aphids, Mealybugs, Mites, Whiteflies, etc.
Lacewing Larvae: Aphids, Mealybugs, Thrips, Spider Mites, Whiteflies, and other soft bodied insects.
Amblyseius swirskii: Broad Mites, Russett Hemp Mites, Thrips, Whitefly Eggs, Spider Mites, Tarsonemid Mites, and other Mite Species.
Hang Blue or Yellow Sticky Traps within the growing area to monitor pest populations. For Western flower thrip use the Pest Wizard Trap Kit.