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Vancouver, Canada

Hey guys today I found a few insects on my strawberry plants and one was on a tomato seedling. growing hydroponically and in soil do you guys have any idea on what these are and how to deal with them note that i also have potatoS and a citrus tree there.

Thanks in advance

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Minot, ND

These appear to be thrips, tiny insects in the order Thysanoptera. In addition to their feeding damage, some species can transmit viral diseases of plants, and can be quite difficult to control. See http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7429.html and http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/are_you_having_trouble_controlling_thrips_in_greenhouses for some guidelines.

Vancouver, Canada

Quote from Flapdoodle :
These appear to be thrips, tiny insects in the order Thysanoptera. In addition to their feeding damage, some species can transmit viral diseases of plants, and can be quite difficult to control. See http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7429.html and http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/are_you_having_trouble_controlling_thrips_in_greenhouses for some guidelines.

Thank you very much !

Vancouver, Canada

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This message was edited Apr 20, 2017 6:27 PM

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

As Flapdoodle mentioned, very hard to control in a greenhouse. I've seen them devastate orchid houses. Sticky traps help reduce greenhouse populations in colder months but a major spray of chemicals, you probably don't want on food plants, will be an issue if you are growing hydroponically. That is LECA you are growing with, yes?

This message was edited Apr 20, 2017 9:23 PM

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