Thrips Pressure Varies Across Florida

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Thrips Pressure Varies Across Central, South Florida

Thrips pressure is varying across Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline. Low thrips pressure is observed in peppers in central Florida.

Pressure is also low in pepper and other vegetables in southwest Florida. Scouted thrips are presumed to be Florida flower thrips, as damage is not apparent.

Thrips are at low levels in eggplants in Homestead, Florida, but they have increased to moderate levels in beans. The species mix in beans consists of Asian bean thrips (Megalurothrips usitatus), western flower thrips (F. occidentalis) and melon thrips (Thrips palmi).

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