If you are interested in gardening or if you have plants at your home, you should know about the pests that can damage your plants. Have you ever discerned those tiny white slender insects on the leaves of the plants? Well, these are Thysanoptera that are commonly known as Thrips. These are small creatures having fringed wings. There are several different species of thrips. Some of them are predators on other animals. But here we are going to talk about the most commonly found species on plants. These pests puncture the cells of the plants and fruit to suck the juices. A plant that is affected by the thrips turn yellowish, and some black spots can be seen. These black spots are the fecal matter of these thrips.
Damage caused by thrips
Thrips are more likely found on the cannabis plant or the plant with light or blue color. It will puncture and suck out all the essential stuff to complete its nutrition. It leaves bright or dark spots at the places where they have bitten. If you ever have seen the spots from spider mites, then the spots left by thrives on the plant leaves are more significant and irregular. These are very fast, and they eat natural products like leaves and fruits very quickly, leaving them entirely dead.
How to get rid of thrips
Exterminating the thrips from your garden is very necessary as it damages the plant entirely and is responsible for the stunted and damaged fruits. To every problem, there is a solution. It depends on the safety of using the method and your budget. These days many pesticides are available out there in the market that can cost you much higher. If you are looking for some practical, safe and budget-friendly methods to eliminate centipedes from your garden then here are some pocket-friendly methods to do away with them. You can have a glance over them below:
- One can make the use of bright colored or blur sticky traps that will help to attract them, and once they get attracted and fly over these pads, they will get glued to it.
- Another alternative is that one can place a colored cloth below the plant that is being infested by the thrips and shake the branches of the plant; it will help to remove the thrips from them.
- Neem oil: Neem oil is a natural remedy for getting rid of various bugs and other pests due to its smell and bitter taste. Therefore, it should be used very carefully when used on the flowering plants. One can use the sprays to spread it evenly on the leaves.
- Pyrethrins: it is an insecticide that is biodegradable and does no harm to humans. I would recommend using it in the evening or night as it attracts the bees and is toxic to them. Therefore, it is better to use it in the night because bees don’t get out of their hive during the night, and it breaks downs easily. Hence, it will completely degrade till morning, not harm the bees. Pyrethrins come in a concentrated, that’s why it is diluted before the use. TO make the solution you can add 3 tablespoons of concentrated formula in one gallon of water. Add this mixture to a spray bottle or a miser often known as one-hand pressure spray.
- Insecticidal soap: One can also use the insecticidal soap solutions that come in the market. These are a perfect solution to your problem as these are not harmful to human as well as the plants, therefore are safe to use. But avoid getting the solution near the buds. It requires repeated applications as it slips out and doesn’t stay for long on plants.
- Spinosad: A lot of insecticides that are available in the market consists a higher amount of chemicals in it, but Spinosad is the organic products that are no toxic. These products are entirely safe as they are non-toxic to pets, human, and plants. You can spray this solution on almost every part of the plant. One can either spray it directly on plants or with watering the plants as then it will reach every part of the plant via roots. Mix only the required amount in water as it is only -effective for one day after being mixed in water.
These are some of the methods that are effective in controlling the population of thrips. One can use any of these methods to exterminate them from your garden completely.
How to Use insecticides safely
Insecticides are usually non- toxic to human, but still, they can cause some adverse effects on our body if ingested by changes or are in more prolonged contact with skin, that’s why it is crucial to use them safely. These can enter our collection through eyes, inhaled through the air, or ingestion. Proper safety measures should be taken while handling these products. Let’s see what are the safety actions, and you need to perform while using any pesticide.
- Most prior and the obvious one should wear the proper clothing so that it doesn’t affect your skin. There are unique clothing’s known as PPE, that is the Personal protective equipment that is specially made to deal with insecticides.
- Keep the food items away from these. Don’t carry them along with any food item or fodder.
- One should be very careful when carrying these products in bulk. Avoid carrying the insecticides on your head or shoulder.
- Keep your face covered with masks to protect your nose, and eyes from the spill out of the spray.
- Follow the instructions that are given on the back of the insecticide’s container.
- Only apply them in dosages that are suggested in the guidelines.
- Keep them away from your home premise and away from the approach of kids.
- Wash your hands and face ultimately with soap and water right after the use of an insecticide.
Handling these kinds of products can be risky sometimes if not used properly according to the instructions. Therefore don’t neglect the guidelines and safety measures in any case. You should at least follow these dos and don’ts to protect any severe condition.