Thrips Gone Wild

01/01/2010 02:00:00 AM
Vicky Boyd, Editor

Do not treat for adult Eastern flower thrips and Florida flower thrips as they outcompete western flower thrips.

When peppers are flowering, use insecticides for thrips and other pests that conserve minute pirate bugs.

Never use insecticides that induce Western flower thrips.

Use ultra-violet reflective mulches when forming beds.

Sunflower and other refugia provide a source for minute pirate bugs.

Vertically integrate management of Western flower thrips with other pests, including pepper weevil and Lepidoptera species.

Follow BMP’s (best management practices) for fertility and irrigation management.

To read the full recommendations, download the UF publication,

“Managing thrips in peppers and eggplant” at

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