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Avocado Thrips

As growers and pest control advisors plan their arthropod pest management program for 2014, they should consider the consequences of pesticide resistance that would make pest management problematic in the future.

There are many ways to manage thrips. Sampling, biological and cultural control, and chemical control combined with employing a knowledgeable pest control advisor to assist with scouting and decision-making, is considered best practice.

What are the ideal and non-ideal grove conditions for avocado thrips? What types of damage can thrips cause?

The major thrips pest attacking California avocados is the avocado thrips, Scirtothrips perseae Nakahara. Originally noticed in 1996, 99% of California avocado acreage is now infested to some degree with this pest.

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