Citrus thrips (Scirtothrips aurantii)


Citrus thrips are tiny insCitrus thrips 1ects (0.03” to 0.04“ in length), and orange yellow in color. Young stages are wingless, but adults have 2 pairs of narrow wings. Damage is caused by larvae and adults feeding on young twigs, leaves and fruits. Thrips feeding produces brown blemishes on the rind. Typical damage is the presence of rings of brown russet marCitrus thrips 2ks around the stem of the fruit. The damage is cosmetic and does not affect eating quality. However, external fruit blemishes can be so severe that the fruits are unmarketable. New shoots can be severely damaged. If thrips are abundant on young twigs, their feeding causes deformation of the twigs, which become thickened and distorted. In severe infestations, the leaves are deformed; young leaves are underdeveloped and drop when touched.

In this tutorial, we cover the typical garden pest known as "Thrips". We'll go over what to look out for and how to get rid of them!

How to Kill Thrips Pests in Your Garden


(6/9/05)-Host Steve Owens talks about this common garden pest, how to identify them, and the damage they cause to plants.




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