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Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

 


There are over 3000 recorded species worldwide, with over 150 in the UK. Also known as thunder flies, because they sometimes take to the air in huge numbers especially during thundery weather conditions. The airborne cloud of thrips search for other sources of a liquid food supply, and if they settle on human skin they search amongst the folds and pores for moisture. Thrips indoors will find their way into food packets; picture frames and are attracted to light coloured surfaces such as papered wall coverings

Identification:
Thrips are tiny, slender insects with fringed wings. Adults 1 - 1.5mm in length, usually winged but some species wingless. Colour varies, depending on species. Most are dark with whitish or translucent wings that are long, thin and fringed with long hairs.

Biology:
Eggs laid in or on plants, hatch within 2 weeks. Larvae feed on plant sap.

Control:
Control of these seasonal pests is achieved by applying a broad-spectrum residual insecticide labelled for flying insects to entry points around buildings. Proofing of windows and doors with fly screens will also prevent insects entering premises.

Products to control Thrips:

Fly Mesh
An ultra-fine mesh used for repairing fly screens or proofing areas.

Eradisect Flying and Crawling Insect Killer (600ml)
A good all round flying and crawling insect killer with rapid knock down and good flushing properties.

Cytrol 10/4 UF (500ml)
Cytrol 10/4 is a highly effective insecticide for professional use against a wide variety of flying and crawling insects.