|White Mealy Bugs and Trips Insect|
Mealy Bugs and Trip Insect Pest damage many interior office plants.
|Trip insect damage on Pothos leaf|
|Trip Insect Damage on new budding Pothos Leaf|
Many thrips are pests of commercial crops due to the damage caused by feeding on developing flowers or vegetables, causing discoloration, deformities, and reduced marketability of the crop. Thrips may also serve as vectors for plant diseases, such as Tospoviruses.
Over 20 plant-infecting viruses are known to be transmitted by thrips. These enveloped viruses are considered among some of the most damaging of emerging plant pathogens around the world. Virus members include the tomato spotted wilt virus and the impatiens necrotic spot viruses. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, now has a worldwide distribution and is considered the primary vector of plant diseases caused by Tospoviruses.
This global explosion in thrips species’ range is not uncommon, as their small sizes and predisposition towards enclosed places makes them difficult to detect by phytosanitary inspection. When coupled with the increasing globalization of trade and the growth of greenhouse agriculture, thrips, unsurprisingly, are among the fastest growing group of invasive species in the world. Examples include the aforementioned Frankliniella occidentalis, Scritothrips dorsalis and Trips palmi.
Flower-feeding thrips are routinely attracted to bright floral colors (including white, blue, and especially yellow), and will land and attempt to feed.
Biological beneficial predator or parasite controls are injected into to these troublesome areas.
PDI of Stoneham, MA has been providing green plant service for over 40 years to the following areas: