Pest Management

How to: Manage Thrips in Your Garden

Thrips blog post
Thrips are tiny straw-colored insects with two pairs of wings. They can damage plants by sucking out their juices causing discoloration and even death!
 
Treatment Options:
  • As with most pests, the best solution is prevention. Placing a floating row cover with insect netting will help to prevent these critters from eating your plants.
  • Another good prevention is to remove excess weeds and grass around the garden areas as this can help to attract them.
  • Placing blue sticky traps around your garden can help to catch these thrips and alert to a possible issue.
     
  • You can use neem oil as well to help control thrips. Make sure to not apply the neem oil though when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!
     
  • There are also several beneficial insects that can help you in the garden with these pests too! Minute pirate bugs, ladybugs, and lacewings can help to keep your thrips away.
     

Plants to Watch:

  • Squashes, such as:
    • Acorn Squash
    • Butternut Squash
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Summer Squash (zucchini)
  • Beans (Bush)
  • Beans (Pole)
  • Carrots
  • Fruit Bushes, such as:
    • Blueberries
    • Elderberries
  • Onions
  • Tarragon

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One thought on “How to: Manage Thrips in Your Garden

  1. With susceptible rhododendrons, we try to keep them thinned. Pruning out superfluous inner growth and dead stems improves air circulation, which thrip, as well as other insects, dislike. It does not eliminate them, but inhibits their activity.

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