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yvonne
Can thrips nest in clover or broadleaf weeds in lawns? If so, what product is best to get rid of them?

A tiny black bug (2 antenna on head) has been coming into my home through the windows since last Spring. I have been told they are thrips, but the plants in my garden (succulents, mother in law tongue, cordylines, moses in cradle) aren't typical hosts of thrips so I think they may be in our lawn? Is this possible? We do have lots of broadleaf and clover weeds in our lawn. I first noticed the bugs after last September's dust storm and they haven't gone away. Is there any insecticide I can use to spray my lawn and weeds and get rid of the thrips/bugs?

Submitted: 11:57AM, 24 Jun 2010
Answer: Dear Yvonne,

I am not sure that the pest you are referring to is actually thrip.

Thrips are tiny insects 1-2mm in size. Thrips tend to feed in protected places such as under leaves or deep in the flowers of the plant. They attack a wide range of plants including, annuals, shrubs, fruit trees and even weeds. They have a mouthpart that damages the leaf by sucking sap from the leaf distorting it and leaving a grey appearance on the surface of the leaf. This insect can be controlled by spraying Nature’s Way Mite & Insect Killer or Pest Oil. The product coats the insect causing it to suffocate and dry out.

I think it would be best to identify this pest so you can take the appropriate action. Perhaps you could email a photo which would help in the identification.

Category: Pests
Tags: unknown, pest
Answered: 01:47PM, 01 Jul 2010

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