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Don’t Let Citrus Thrips Be a Major Pest This Season

March 3, 2023
mid-season citrus grove with no citrus thrips in California

Mid-season citrus groves in CA.

Citrus thrips might be extremely tiny – about 0.6 to 0.88 millimeters long – but this petite pest can pack a powerful punch and threaten heavy economic damage for CA citrus. That’s why it’s important to have a good line of defense ready against citrus thrips.

On the outside of the fruit, citrus thrips puncture epidermal cells, leaving silver scars on the rind. Larvae feed mainly under the sepals of young fruit, causing scar tissue to form. While thrips don’t destroy the interior of the fruit, their outer blemishes can reduce the fruit’s appeal and potentially reduce marketable yield.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Riverside, say citrus thrips are a major pest for CA citrus growers, specifically at the start of the spring season. They can multiply rapidly, producing as many as 8 generations each year, making it essential for you to have a management plan in place early.

Syngenta offers Minecto® Pro, a broad-spectrum insecticide that contains 2 powerful and complementary active ingredients – cyantraniliprole and abamectin –  to provide lasting residual control of citrus thrips and other insect and mite pests.

Watch as Garrett Gilcrease, Syngenta agronomy service representative, explains the threats posed by citrus thrips and discusses how Minecto Pro can manage this pest:

When applying an insecticide for citrus thrips, target the spray on the outside canopy of the tree as citrus thrips gravitate toward the sun.

Learn how Minecto Pro can help you better manage citrus thrips. For more information, talk to your Syngenta representative.

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