Pest Wizard Western Flower Thrips Trap Kit

Thrips Will Feed On Over 500 Different Plant Species – Which Probably Includes Yours!
  • 2 Traps, 2 Lures
    SKU: 1254270
  • $9.99
  • Replacement Lures - 3 pk
    SKU: 1254271
  • $8.99
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A native of the southwest United States, the Western Flower Thrips has moved on and is now a major agricultural pest in many parts of the world (particularly in greenhouse floricultural crops). Don't be misled by their name, Western Flower Thrips go after more than 500 species of host plants, including grasses, vegetables, fruits, berries, some trees and shrubs (like roses and stone fruit), as well as herbaceous ornamentals (like impatiens and petunias). If you are growing any foliage, cut flowers, propagation material or bedding plants in greenhouses, Western Flower Thrips should be considered a real threat.

The Pest Wizard Western Flower Thrips Trap Kit is your first line of defense. Early monitoring and detection is important to keep this species of thrips at bay. Growers often respond when damage is seen; but once damage has occurred, the insect population is established. This may lead to vectoring of disease, unsightly growth or difficulties when attempting control. The preferred course of action is to closely monitor by trapping to prevent the thrips from establishing. Actively monitoring will allow you to set a threshold at which control is necessary. If treatment with insecticides or beneficial insects is needed, seek out organic sprays that can be used alongside other treatments like beneficial insects or biostimulants.

Western Flower Thrips Biology: These tiny thrips (1-1.4 mm long) damage plants in both their larval and adult stages. An adult female can live 2-5 weeks (sometimes more, depending on temperatures) and will lay 40-100 eggs on the plants in their lifetimes. Female thrips particularly like to lay their eggs on the flowers and fruit of plants. Not only does this ovipositing damage the developing bud in and of itself, but the adult also feeds on pollen, petals and plant tissues. Western Flower Thrips use their single mandible to scrape away, puncture the plant tissue, and suck the sap from the wound. This leads to distorted leaves, stippling in feeding spots and severe discoloration in large populations. As if this weren't bad enough, the larvae is also a major vector for serious viral diseases - Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) and Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV).

This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: For use to selectively attract and monitor Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis), although other insects may be caught on the sticky trap.


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