The diversity of pests and diseases that attack horticulture crops is astounding. Thus, pest and disease control can be a pain for farmers. It needs specific and serious policies and the correct agricultural medicines.
General characteristics of chili trees that are attacked by thrips would be: literal silver linings on leaves, yellow to brown specks on leaves, stunted growth of chili trees, etc. Their attack is especially severe during dry season.
By farmers in Indonesia, thrip is known as a very fast spreading agent of virus and many farmers are overwhelmed in dealing with this pest.
However, these are measures you can do to deal with thrips on your chili trees:
- The natural way by taking advantage of thrips’ natural predators like ladybugs and beetles. Using mulch to take care of cleanliness of your crop land has also been proven effective to prevent thrips attack. Other than that, implementing crop rotation technique is also somewhat successful.
- The chemical way by spraying your chili crops with insecticides especially made for thrips. Use insecticides with fipronil active agent in the evenings.
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