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    Thanks NaN. I have a mom and pop garden center down the street that carries quite a bit of stuff. Hopefully I can find some.

    I think I may have gotten them because I put my tomato, watermelon, and cantelope starts on the table with my CPs. The tomato leaves have visible insect damage. This 'Clumping Cultivar' VFT is right next to them.

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    Your local might be able to special order it if their suppliers carry it. It's a concentrate so you can use a hose sprayer on your garden.
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    Thrips are a pain, they hide, they suck etc... A little tip to make them a bit more active when the are hiding is to gently breath on the flower/plant in question. They ususally scurry around right after and are easier to spot if your wondering about them still being there.
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    Yeah, I noticed they are pretty skiddish. Dang things wouldn't stay still for me to squish them with my squishing twig, so I brought out the chemical weapons.

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    Thrips also spend part of their life-cycle inside the plant tissue which makes it difficult to control them with chemicals.
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    I ended up getting the only product I could find. I felt I couldn't wait any longer. My 'Clumping Cultivar' was starting to look really poor. Yellowish leaves, faint red inside the traps. And the leaves and flowers were totally infested with thrips. They seem to really like flowers.

    Ferti-Lome brand Borer, Bagworm, Tent Caterpillar & Leafminer Spray.
    ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
    Spinosad (mixture of Spinosyn A and Spinosyn D) .....0.5%
    Other Ingredients ...............................................99.5%

    I followed the mixing instructions for houseplants/shrubs as it was a concentrate and applied to the VFTs in which I observed thrips. I'll check back in a few days. If all goes well, i'll open up the regimine to all of my VFTs.

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    Update: After two applications, the VFT have perked up and I see no thrips currently. I'll continue to monitor and reapply as necessary.

    Thanks for the input guys!

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    Good to hear this appears to have been effective for you. Time will tell.
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