Throughout the winter months, thrips bury themselves under leaf cover, dig underground, or occasionally infest locations such as the walls of houses or sheltered parts of fences.
The eggs are shielded from weather conditions in the soft tissues of the plant. When they hatch, there’s a food source at hand.
Some varieties can enter diapause. Diapause is almost like suspended animation. Thrips can survive like this as adults, pupae, or eggs.
If you follow the below steps, you should be able to eliminate thrips from your yard and protect your plants from future attack!
Keep your greenhouse clean. A cleaned greenhouse that is bare of plant debris is less likely to develop pest issues.
Hanging sticky traps around your plants and being vigilant should keep the population down. If you do find thrips in your greenhouse, use insecticidal soaps, neem oil, or pyrethrin sprays to wipe them out.
A: Yes and no. As thrips often overwinter and pupate in the soil, beneficial nematodes can be helpful at wiping out any underground.
A: Thrips are almost as much of a problem in greenhouse environments as spider mites are.
Q: Do thrips bite?
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