Having any form of pests on your farm is no fun, so getting it under control is what you need. If your suspect you need thrip control, then it’s best to nip it while you can. There are many organic means of achieving this, and once the thrip situation is managed, it will allow you to grow your vegetables and plants in a healthy, safe manner.
Identifying these pests before administering thrip control
What does a thrip look like?
Adult thrips have elongated bodies and are thin with delicate, long, fringed wings. While in the larvae stages the young thrip is long, thin, and haven’t developed wings.
Damage without thrip control
When dealing with a thrip infestation, you have to know what to look for before taking the step of eliminating the pests. Thrip damage on leaves is common and often results in flecking or spots on the leaves of plants. These brown-like flecks are usually the results of thrip excrement as they feed off the plant host.
Thrips are versatile in movement and glide with the wind to get to their destination point even faster. They also feed off apples, berries and nectarines, which as a result will scar the fruit with dark markings especially when the fruit is still developing. Sometimes they lay their eggs on fruit like grapes.
Let’s talk thrip control insecticides
Do you want to use them? Maybe. However, you can also use very effective biological control of thrips if you happen to have a problem with these pests. Sometimes you can’t get rid of thrips with chemicals because even as larvae and thrip eggs, they seem to have a protective layer against it. Hence not all insecticides will effectively work.
Measures for effective thrip control on your farm
Firstly, when it comes to thrips, you need to learn about their nature, and how they survive in their environment. Once you know their tactics, you can administer better control. Many people tend to administer insecticide or try pest control, but to no avail and thus cannot get rid of the problem.
Can you make a thrips control spray?
- Water sprays help to keep the plant dust free and reduce the chance of a thrift environment.
- Large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer should be avoided because thrips thrive off this environment.
- Weeds must be controlled because they tend to harbour the thrip species
Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish a thrip from other species, but a trained eye of a professional pest control can and is familiar with habitual behaviour patterns of the thrip. Knowledge is one of the first steps to effective thrip control.
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