Tangerine Trees

Citrus pests

Zone Zone 9 Arizona | azmystrow added on March 24, 2015 | Answered

I have a tangerine tree with a major thrips invasion. Actually, the fruit seems to be unaffected, but the leaves are heavily disfigured, gnarled and rough looking. I've heard that nematodes can be effective in eradicating them. Are there other tools as well?

    A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on March 24, 2015

    Nematodes have been known to control thrip populations and these include the predaceous mite Euseius tularensis, spiders, lacewings, dustywings, and minute pirate bugs. There are chemical applications but thrips develop resistance quickly to them especially when the chemicals are used in large doses. Light doses of chemicals such as Spinosad, Kaolin, Formetanate Hydrochloride, Dimethoate, and Cyfluthrin have been shown to have some efficacy against thrips but you have to be careful that your chemical application doesn't kill the thrips natural enemies.

    For more information on citrus thrips control, please visit the following link:

    Was this answer useful?

    Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
    Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

    You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

    If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

    Looking for more?
    here are more questions about...
    Tangerine Trees
    Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

    Learn From
    Your Peers on
    Our Blog

    Visit Our Blog

    Do you know a lot about gardening?
    Become a GKH Gardening Expert

    Learn More