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You might be wondering how to get rid of thrips indoors or how to get rid of thrips naturally. A thrips outbreak on your houseplants can wreak havoc on your entire collection, so here is how to identify thrips on houseplants and how to kill thrips naturally.

Host of the Growing Joy with Plants Podcast, Maria Failla, recently interviewed renowned horticulturist Leslie Halleck about how to identify and kill thrips on her podcast titled “How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, Scale, Whiteflies, Mealybugs and More”. Here are the details from this interview.

Prepare yourself for any type of pest outbreak and listen to the full interview here:


How to identify thrips

Thrips are tiny, slender insects that love feeding on leaves. They move quickly and hide in tight spots.

Signs to look for with a thrip infestation: Discolored, curled leaves. Buds failing to open.

How to control thrips:

  • Remove heavily damaged leaves
  • Apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil
  • Use sticky traps to catch adults
  • Try beneficial nematodes or predatory mites
  • Some biopesticides are effective


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Here are links to the houseplant first aid kit items Maria and Leslie discussed in this episode:

Sticky Traps
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Option 3:

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Horticulture Spray
Neem Oil:

Houseplant Systemic Insecticide:

Latex Gloves:

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