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How to thrash the thrips in your garden

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

Check out more pest control options from Lovie’s Garden Supply on our Pest Management page

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Caterpiller Control

It’s that time of year folks, the time when the final heat wave is in the horizon and the caterpillars are out to destroy your garden masterpieces. It’s a beautiful time of year for outdoor parties, swimming and spraying biological insecticide to keep your gardens safe from these pesky pests.

In case you’re not familiar with caterpillars and the damage they do, they’re the type of pest to eat through your fruits, veggies and herbs and you won’t even notice until you go to consume your product. They’re sneaky and we’re here to help.

We recommend spraying biological insecticide your plants BEFORE you have caterpillar issues. Like, even if you don’t see any signs of the little beasties crawling about your garden, spray anyway. It’s called preventative maintenance folks, and you need to handle it.

There are a few different brands of biological insecticide we recommend using:

Dipel PRO


Monterey B.t.

Monterey Garden Insect Spray

Safer Caterpillar Killer