Rose: Thrips

categories: Flowers Ornamentals Rose Insects

revision date: 2024-06-05 10:25

Basil leaves with thrip damage.
Thrips damage on basil
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli


Thrips are tiny yellowish to dark insects that feed in flower and leaf buds. Damaged leaves may be distorted, while infested flower buds may be distorted if they open. Heavily infested flower buds may fail to open. Infested flowers have brown spots on the petals. Thrips on roses are mainly an aesthetic concern.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Encourage natural predators such as ladybird beetle larvae and lacewing larvae which help control thrips populations.
  • Remove debris from around plants in fall to reduce numbers of overwintering adults.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Thrips are difficult to control.
  • Make spray applications directly into the flower bud or flower.
  • Follow label instructions for products applied as a drench.
  • Test a bud or flower to see if the chemical can be tolerated.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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