Thrips are small, slender insects with fringed wings, hence their scientific name Thysanoptera, from thysanoe (fringe) +epterone (wing).

There are thousands of different Thrips species worldwide. While some thrips are considered beneficial, most can cause serious problems in the garden due to the damage they cause while feeding on a wide array of plants.

Thrip feed by puncturing the upper layer of a cell and sucking out the insides. On leaves the damage caused through feeding is quite obvious, causing the leaves to discolour and become silvery/grey. Flowers often brown and fall off prematurely.


Stressed plants are more likely to be attacked. Keep plants healthy by ensuring they are well fed and watered sufficiently through the drier months.

Mulch with Living Earth More Than Mulch to help keep the soil moist.

Natural Treatment

Early intervention is critical, spray at first sign of pest with Aqauticus Bugtrol.

Other Treatment

Ornamental Plants and Hedges: Spray with Groventive Garden and EnSpray99 Oil mixed together.

Edible Crops: Spray with Mavrik and EnSpray99 Oil mixed together.

As with all sprays read label and follow instructions carefully. Spray in the evening to avoid harming beneficial insects.

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