Effective against echinothrips, western flower thrips, onion thrips, orchid thrips, palm thrips and banded greenhouse thrips
What does FRANKLINOTHRIPS VESPIFORMIS look like?
Females of this predatory thrips are black with a light band around the waist. Males are rare. The predatory thrips are approximately 2 mm in size and somewhat resemble ants. Predatory thrips larvae start out white and turn red later. The young stages are difficult to find in the crop. Pupae are usually found alongside leaf veins at the underside of the leaf underneath a fleece-like skin.
How does FRANKLINOTHRIPS VESPIFORMIS work?
Both larvae as adults are active hunters. They actively search for prey, which consists of larvae and adults of harmful pest thrips. Unlike some other biological control agents, FRANKLINOTHRIPS VESPIFORMIS can also be used in non-flowering plants. It takes a minimum of five weeks for a population to establish in a crop.
When can FRANKLINOTHRIPS VESPIFORMIS be applied?
FRANKLINOTHRIPS VESPIFORMIS can be used in greenhouses and indoor gardens to control multiple species of thrips, especially Palm thrips (Parthenothrips dracaenae) and American thrips (Echinothrips americanus). Other thrips, mainly leaf-dwelling species, are also eaten. The buckwheat hulls containing the predatory thrips are spread across the affected leaves. In crops that cannot hold buckwheat hulls, predatory thrips can be introduced by hanging papers shreds containing predatory thrips in the crop. Consider multiple introductions. The product is sensitive to several chemical pesticides. Ask advice for deployment strategies.
Other products against thrips
– Palm thrips
– Western flower thrips
– (False) spider mite
– Tarsonemid mite