Complete Guide to Common Grow Room Pests and Diseases

How to prevent and eradicate them all.

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Categories of pest and disease

Insects

How Do Thrips Feed?

Thrip Close Up Shot

Thrips use their sharp mouth parts to slice open plant cells. They suck out the contents leaving an empty cell structure. You'll see this as a tiny little silvery speck on the leaf surface, however thrips prefer to feed on the bottom of leaves where they can stay safe.

What's The Best Way To Control Thrips?

The key to controlling thrips, as with most pests, is to set up an early 

Yellow Sticky Traps

detection system using Yellow Sticky Traps. If you're unlucky enough to make an awful discovery on your traps it's important to take immediate action. Insecticidal soap, which you can make at home using standard dish soap, can effectively controls many common soft-bodied pests including aphids,  thrips , whitefly and spidermite. But when you're worried about your precious crops, it can bring more immediate peace of mind to employ an effective thrip killer in the form of a tried and trusted insecticide such as Agrothrin Thrip Dust.

How does Agrothrin Thrip Dust Work?

Contains: 0.11% w/w pyrethrins
Control: Resting flying and crawling insects, including stored product insects (SPI)
Application: Ready-for-use non-persistent insecticidal dusting powder

Agrothrin Thrip Dust is a fine dusting powder, non-persistent insecticide for application with a motorised dust applicator or from the hand-held puffer pack. It is suitable for treatment in food handling and food storage premises and for public hygiene / nuisance insect control.

Agrothrin Thrip Dust is synergised with piperonyl butoxide (PBO), increasing the efficacy and inhibiting insect’s natural resistance mechanism.

Pyrethrins are natural substance purified from chrysanthemum flowers. They cause rapid knockdown of insects followed shortly by death. The mode of action is by contact action the toxic effect is caused by the binding of pyrethrins to sodium channels which inhibits the insect’s nervous system. This mode of action leads to a broad-spectrum of insecticidal activity, and due to the non-persistence of the active ingredient in the environment, insect resistance is very rare.

How Do Thrips Reproduce?

Annoyingly, female thrips are able to reproduce both sexually or asexually (without a mate). They then lay their eggs in the soft tissues of your plants which protects the eggs from just about everything under the sun. Agrothrin Thrip Dust disrupts female Thrips ability to reproduce bringing entire colonies under control very quickly.

Thrip Close Up Shot

What Does Thrip Damage Look Like?

Thrips feed by inserting their sharp mouth parts through the cell walls of the host plant into the nutritious sap inside which they then suck out. This kills that cell which then turns to scar tissue. Without magnification these wounds appear like silvery flecks on the leaf surface. As the infestation proceeds these silvery flecks become more and more numerous until the leaf finally dies. Prevent this situation by regularly dusting on and around your plants with Agrothrin Thrip Dust.

Fungus

Climate

Prevention

Cleanliness

Preventative spraying

Screens and filters 

Treatment

Types of insecticide

Pyrethrum

Abermectin

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