Biological controls also play a role. Osborne cites one study that’s demonstrated the benefits of predatory mites to manage the pest.
Other thrips’ predators, such as minute pirate bugs, also should prove their worth against chilli thrips, Price says.
Judicious use of insecticides can help strengthen populations of native Florida flower thrips, whose competing presence may lock out pest thrips, Frantz says.
In the end, he says, the best defense is to “be aware and be vigilant.”
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