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What to do about thrips

Do you spot little black bugs on your houseplants? There is a chance that thrips reside on these houseplants. We also call these creatures storm creatures. But what do thrips look like? Thrips are small and very thin insects with wings. The elongated black creatures like to stay on a plant. Despite being small, they cause a lot of damage to plants and damage them by sucking plant cells dry. We are happy to tell you what you can do to combat thrips from your home.

How do thrips get into your home?

To combat thrips, it is important to know how they get into your home. These little creatures come in unnoticed. They hitch a ride on plants, on clothing or blow in with the wind through open windows or doors. What may surprise you is that these little critters have wings. This makes it easy for them to get onto the houseplants and fly on to other plants. They are so small that you don't realize it at the time. The thrips will probably only become noticeable when there are several in the plant or when they cause visible damage.

  • Are thrips dangerous?

Are thrips dangerous? The answer for you is no, but for plants unfortunately yes. They cause damage to plants. Thrips feed on plant juices and can therefore cause a lot of damage to flowers and leaves. They puncture the cells of the plant and suck out the juices. After damaging the plant, you will see silvery spots, which indicates that the plant is suffering from thrips. We would therefore like to tell you what you can do against thrips under the heading 'fighting thrips'.

Fighting thrips

Now that we know what thrips look like, let's combat them. Combating thrips is quite a task and requires effort. But you, as a plant lover, are probably willing to do this for your beautiful plants. The following steps are the best way to combat thrips:

  • Isolate

    Isolating thrips is one of the ways to combat thrips. You do this by putting the plant with thrips outside. Be sure to do this if your other plants do not yet have thrips visitors. Before you insulate the plant, check what temperature it can stand. Of course, the plant should not become frozen.

  • Cleaning or spraying

    Thrips do not like high humidity and water. Do you see thrips on your plants? Then spray it with water. Place your plant in the shower and rinse it thoroughly. Then run a brush (for example a make-up brush) over the leaves to rinse the thrips away.

Please note: do not put an orchid in a shower and try to combat the thrips by isolating the plant or follow the next tip.

  • Biological pesticide

    You can combat thrips biologically with a mixture of green soap and water. Mix a little bit of green soap with water and spray the plant with the mixture. Repeat this every week until all thrips are gone.

  • Biological control agents

    Combat with biological control agents grow bags to hang in the plant.

Trips prevention tips

To prevent thrips, we recommend that plants get the right location, sufficient water and avoid dry air. Thrips like dry air, so make sure you have higher humidity in the room. You can do this by placing saucers of water on the heater, which causes the water to evaporate and create the correct humidity to prevent thrips.

Would you like to read more about the best care tips for orchids? Take a look at ours care tips.

Also follow us on the following social media channels:
Instagram: @kolibri_company_
Facebook: @KolibriCompany

What to do about thrips

Do you spot little black bugs on your houseplants? There is a chance that thrips reside on these houseplants. We also call these creatures storm creatures. But what do thrips look like? Thrips are small and very thin insects with wings. The elongated black creatures like to stay on a plant. Despite being small, they cause a lot of damage to plants and damage them by sucking plant cells dry. We are happy to tell you what you can do to combat thrips from your home.

How do thrips get into your home?

To combat thrips, it is important to know how they get into your home. These little creatures come in unnoticed. They hitch a ride on plants, on clothing or blow in with the wind through open windows or doors. What may surprise you is that these little critters have wings. This makes it easy for them to get onto the houseplants and fly on to other plants. They are so small that you don't realize it at the time. The thrips will probably only become noticeable when there are several in the plant or when they cause visible damage.

  • Are thrips dangerous?

Are thrips dangerous? The answer for you is no, but for plants unfortunately yes. They cause damage to plants. Thrips feed on plant juices and can therefore cause a lot of damage to flowers and leaves. They puncture the cells of the plant and suck out the juices. After damaging the plant, you will see silvery spots, which indicates that the plant is suffering from thrips. We would therefore like to tell you what you can do against thrips under the heading 'fighting thrips'.

Fighting thrips

Now that we know what thrips look like, let's combat them. Combating thrips is quite a task and requires effort. But you, as a plant lover, are probably willing to do this for your beautiful plants. The following steps are the best way to combat thrips:

  • Isolate

    Isolating thrips is one of the ways to combat thrips. You do this by putting the plant with thrips outside. Be sure to do this if your other plants do not yet have thrips visitors. Before you insulate the plant, check what temperature it can stand. Of course, the plant should not become frozen.

  • Cleaning or spraying

    Thrips do not like high humidity and water. Do you see thrips on your plants? Then spray it with water. Place your plant in the shower and rinse it thoroughly. Then run a brush (for example a make-up brush) over the leaves to rinse the thrips away.

Please note: do not put an orchid in a shower and try to combat the thrips by isolating the plant or follow the next tip.

  • Biological pesticide

    You can combat thrips biologically with a mixture of green soap and water. Mix a little bit of green soap with water and spray the plant with the mixture. Repeat this every week until all thrips are gone.

  • Biological control agents

    Combat with biological control agents grow bags to hang in the plant.

Trips prevention tips

To prevent thrips, we recommend that plants get the right location, sufficient water and avoid dry air. Thrips like dry air, so make sure you have higher humidity in the room. You can do this by placing saucers of water on the heater, which causes the water to evaporate and create the correct humidity to prevent thrips.

Would you like to read more about the best care tips for orchids? Take a look at ours care tips.

Also follow us on the following social media channels:
Instagram: @kolibri_company_
Facebook: @KolibriCompany

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