name: Banded Greenhouse Thrip or Black Thrip
Latin name: Echinothrips americanus, Heliothrips
1/25th to 1/12th inch
Colors: Black to tan Life cycle: < 31 days.
Mouth parts: Sucking
Transportation: People and pets can transport thrip.
They can fly or walk to a new host.
Banded Greenhouse Thrip
Houseplant Pest information: Thrips are rarely a problem with house
plants. We have seen them on some Ficus trees, Neanthe Bella palms,
potted Mums and Golden Pothos.
Signs of infection: Look for
curled leaves any where on the plant.
Control: Natural control is difficult because
thrips will curl the leaf of the infected plant around themselves
forming a cocoon. This makes it
nearly impossible to spray them with Safer's Ultra Fine Oil spay.
One of the best methods of natural control is to pick the curled leaves and
discard them. Adding systemic granules to the soil will also help.
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