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How To Control Thrips
When you have gone through the hard work of getting your lawn just the way you want it and have removed any irritating weed growth, it can be frustrating to have your plants to come down with a parasite which threatens to cancel out all your efforts. That’s exactly what thrips do.
These tiny little speck-like insects make their way onto your healthy lawn and garden with one thing on their mind: sucking the insides of all your plants. The sign of thrips feasting on a plant is usually little black dots or scrapes, which are their feces.
When these pests begin to show up on your lawn, it is vital that you take action swiftly before damage is done, not just to your plants, but to you and your pets in the form of stings. Fortunately, we know just the right approach and the right products to get rid of this irritating invader properly and we will share it with you below.
Thrips Background Information
Thrips (Thysanoptera) are very tiny insects, measuring a mere 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. Due to them being so small, it can be hard make out the characteristics of a thrip. They range in color from clear or yellow to brown or black with fringed wings.
They also have sucking or piercing mouth parts, perfect for tearing into plants they would like to feed on. Thrips are a mobile insect and can crawl, jump, fly and maneuver themselves to any target they are set on.
The life cycle of a thrip consists of adult thrips depositing eggs into leaf tissue, where the eggs hatch in a matter of days. The nymphs feed on this tissue for four or five days, then pupate in the soil before emerging as adults after two days, where they begin feeding on plant tissues. Thrips can live on practically any type of plant which can provide them an ample amount of sap, juice and water.
Thrips feed in large groups and can create some substantial damage to plant life wherever they are prevalent. They frantically devour the sap of whatever plant they target, depleting the plant of it’s life source. This results in plant leaves turning pale, splotchy, and silvery, before dying. Injured plants can become discolored and mangled looking.
It doesn’t stop there as thrips can also transmit fungus and disease from their biting and sucking. Thrips are also known to bite humans when they are in close proximity. The result is an itchy and irritating rash which many people mistake as a mosquito bite when they cannot tell what bit them because thrips are so small.
Tips on Controlling Thrips
Thrip control can be quite tricky since this insect is so tiny. Using insecticides since you may not want to damage the plants or beneficial bugs while trying to control this bug. What you can do before resorting to chemical control is some garden and lawn maintenance which can discourage thrips from hanging around your property.
Regular pruning can help to get rid of thrips. Remove dead or injured plant material immediately. Also removing weeds and other good cultural practices like regular watering can also help.
Natural oils of like neem oil or garlic oil can be good to use as a repellent. Spray these to your plants to keep thrips away.
You can release predator bugs like ladybugs, spiders or mites that will feed on thrips which are damaging your plant life.
Solutions Recommended Products for Thrip Control
There are a variety of products you can use which can take care of the thrip population in your yard. These can range from insect traps like Trapper Max-Free Glue Trap to broad spectrum insecticides like Demand CS Insecticide and Dominion Tree & Shrub and even garden-safe natural insecticides like Stryker Pyrethrum Insecticide and Dominion Tree & Shrub.
Indoors you can use PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol Insecticide to get rid of thrips that have made their way in your home and are delivering irritating bites. Make sure to follow the instruction label for all of these products for proper application instructions.
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$19.99Dominion Tree & Shrub contains Imidacloprid and is designed for the control of aphids, grubs, mole crickets, and other listed insects on lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs including listed fruit and nut trees.