Thrips Control

///Thrips Control

Identification

-piercing-sucking mouthparts larvae are tiny crawlers, pointed at both ends

-adults are tiny winged insects (0.5- 1.4 mm)
-fringes along both edges of wing
-colour: light tan to brown to black depending on the species (some are striped on their backs

Damage
-often feeding is on young leaves and flowers causing distortion in plant growth

-piercing mouthparts damage leaves, fruit, and flowers leaving silvery/ grey patches on the leaves black fecal pellets called frass is often left in the damaged area frass can be a problem, causing sooty mold to occur

Beneficial Insects for control
Neoseiulus (Amblyseius) cucumeris (Acari: Phytoseiidae)
-predatory mite
-primarily feed on the first larval stage of thrips

Strateolaelaps scimitis (Acari: Laelapidae)
-generalist predatory mite

Atheta (Dalotia) coriaria (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)
-generalist predatory beetle