Thrips are tiny, slender insects with wings that feed by puncturing the outer layer of the plant tissue and sucking out the cell contents. They leave black droppings in their wake as well as discoloration of the leaf surface, scarring and distortion. Oh, they can also cause a stunt in growth. *
The easiest and least stressful way to deal with insects is through preventative maintenance.
Regular pruning, row covers and reflective mulch or white gravel are the three best ways to prevent thrips. Make sure your garden is clear of debris, a clean garden is happy garden.
If you already happen to have a thrip infestation Lovie’s Garden Supply has a few pest control options for dealing with the issue.
* Certain thrips can be beneficial by feeding on other insects and mites
||AzaMax is an all-natural, OMRI certified broad spectrum pest control product that can be applied systemically or as a foliar spray.||$67.25 | $112.00 Quart | $376.00 1 Gallon|
|Dyna-Gro Pure Neem Oil
||Pure Neem Oil is an organic all natural leaf polish that leaves a natural shine.||$13.20 8 Ounces | $34.49 Quart | $113.15 Gallon|
| Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew
||Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew® contains Spinosad (spin-OH-sid), a product first isolated from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium||$31.50 – 32 ounces|
| Safer Brand Insect Killing Soap
||This special formulation of insecticidal soap and seaweed extract kills soft-bodied insects while remaining gentle enough to spray directly on your plants.||$12.79 – 32 ounces | $97.49 1 Gallon|
|Seabright Laboratories Thrip/Leafminer Trap (5 pack)
||The long-lasting, weather-proof traps will attract a broad spectrum of flying insects including aphids, whiteflies, thrips, leafhoppers, leafminers, and moths.||$5.15|