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Thrips, Thunderflies, Thunderbugs, Storm Flies, Corn Lice
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Location / Where this Pest is found:

General information about Thrips, Thunderflies, Thunderbugs, Storm Flies, Corn Lice :

A Thrips is a very small bug that can just barely be seen by the naked eye. Some may have wings and some may not. Thrips reproduce rapidly. They thrive in small, tight places.
The thrips uses it's adapted mandible to pierce the cell walls of the plant and consume the chlorophyll inside. This takes all of the green out of the leaf leaving it silvery white.

Plants that are damaged by thrips can't be fixed, so as the thrips attack, it becomes harder for the plant to absorb energy from sunlight. Left untreated, the thrips will eventually kill the plant they are attacking.
Thips can also be identified by the greenish black specks of excrement they leave on leaves.

The plants might also bear silver or bronze patches left from previous attacks. Depending on the severity at first, thrips damage might look like spider mite damage.
The word thrips is Greek, and means 'wood louse'.

Thrips may also serve as vectors for plant diseases, such as Tospoviruses. Over 20 plant infecting viruses are known to be transmitted by thrips. These enveloped viruses are considered among some of the most damaging of emerging plant pathogens around the world. Virus members include the tomato spotted wilt virus and the Impatiens necrotic spot viruses.

Some species of thrips feed on other insects or mites and are considered beneficial, while some feed on fungal spores or pollen.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Superorder: Exopterygota
Order: Thysanoptera





This pest attacks:

Thrips species feed on a large variety of sources both plant and animal by puncturing them and sucking up the contents. A large number of thrips species are considered pests, because they feed on plants with commercial value. They consume the chlorophyll of the leaf, making the leaf useless.

How to get rid of this pest:

One good way to repel thrips for those growing outside is to use garlic, this is a good way to keep them away before you get them. The color yellow attracts the thrips. If you already have them using neem oil, and or lady bugs can get rid of them, or if the infestation is bad then you need to use biological solution like, pyrethrin-like insecticides.

Other Chemicals that might kill or get rid of Thrips:
Hot Pepper Wax, Safer Yard & Garden Insecticide, GNATROL, Doc's Neem Pest Soap, Safer Sticky Stakes, TR-11000 Pyrethrum.

Classical Biological Control
Only two families of parasitoid hymenoptera are known to parasitize eggs and larvae, the Eulophidae and the Trichogrammatidae. Other biocontrol agents of adults and larvae include aphid wasps, anthocorid bugs of genus Orius, and Phytoseiid mites. For this reason, many growers are occasionally forced to make limited use of pesticides to control thrips populations in the field and in greenhouses.

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