Thrips are tiny (1/16 inch long) slender sucking insects that are yellow, brown or black with fringed wings.



Thrips are a common pest to hundreds of garden plants as they scrape plant tissue and feed on the sap that's produced. This results in streaked or distorted blossoms, shoots, fruit and foliage. Thrips prefer light-colored blooms in shades such as pale yellow, white or light pink. Some Thrips may also spread plant viruses, including tomato spotted wilt disease.


Thrips are found throughout the United States.