Retithrips Syriacus

Class: Insects

Common Name

Syrian thrips, red thrips, and black vine thrips

Scientific name

Retithrips syriacus

Potential Hosts

Grapevines, pomegranate, persimmon, avocado, cotton, roses, and myrtle.

Who am I?

This specie of thrips is somewhat sluggish in comparison to other members of the Thripidae family. Adults are brown to black in color, while nymphs are a bright red color and live in scattered colonies on leaves surfaces.

The symptoms are caused by thrips feeding on different plant parts and result in the formation of silvery patches on leaves and fruits.

Control measures

Cultural

Monitoring: Scout your field on a weekly basis to catch infestations in initial stages and prevent damages.

Conventional (chemical)

Dimethoate and bifenthrin

Organic

Spinosad-based products

Caution and careful notice should be taken when using any plant protection products (insecticides, fungicides and Herbicides). It is the grower’s sole responsibility to keep track after the legal uses and permissions with respect to the laws in their country and destination markets. Always read the Instructions written on the label and in any case of contradiction work with accordance to the product label. Keep in mind that information written on the label usually apply only to local markets. Pests control products intended for organic farming are generally considered to be less effective in comparison to conventional product. And so one must keep in mind that when dealing with organic, biologic and, to some extent, small number of conventional chemical products, a complete eradication of a pest or a disease will often require several iterations of a specific treatment or combination of treatments.

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