What do you use to get rid of thrips inside a house?? An infestation? I am desperate. Exterminators have tried sprays and bombs and nothing works. Help.
Since thrips fly, its not likely you can control them in the home using a liquid spray because there are too many potential nest sites. Basically they’ll just avoid the spray and learn to thrive using untreated areas.
Additionally, total release aerosols (bombs) will only kill active stages. That means maturing adults which hatch just hours after a bomb is set won’t die or be affected in any way. So within a day or two, the problem will be as strong as ever.
So what can you do that will get rid of thrips? That’s easy.
Basically you must use a space spray. This is a type of spray that will float around in the air so you have all the “space” in the home protected. And it needs to be active 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. This is the only sure way one can kill off the emerging young and adults.
Ultimately by killing the adults, you will break their life cycle because without adults, there won’t be new eggs.
So what do you need to accomplish this task?
First you’ll need a few automated AEROSOL MACHINES. These machines are small, around half as large as a box of cigars, and they run on batteries which make them totally automatic.
Plan on using 1 machine for every 800 sq/ft of home. Set them up 6-8 feet high, on the top of wall units, cabinets or you can even mount them on the wall. they’re battery powered and are a one time investment.
Basically you just install batteries, place a can of CLEAR ZONE inside their neatly covered cabinet, turn them on and set them on a book shelf or countertop. The machine will then release a brief 1/2 second blast of pyrethrin aerosol on an hourly basis. This active is highly effective on flying insects like thrips and will kill them immediately.
Unfortunately pyrethrin doesn’t last long so within 10-20 minutes, it will be gone. But no worries. The machine will go off once every 15 minutes (by default) thus insuring there is a renewed and fresh amount of pyrethrin applied on an hourly basis. And since cans will last 30-40 days, you only need to replace the can once a month to insure you keep the treatment going strong and constantly renewed until the problem is gone.
Typically it will take 2-3 months to break the thrip life cycle. And you will need a machine in every room with a problem so most homes will require 3-5 machines. But since they require so little maintenance and because work so well, aerosol machines are clearly the best way to proceed when it comes to solving tough pest problems like thrips.
Another product you might consider is our MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. This can is manually operated so if you notice activity in some “zone” the machines are not reaching, you can spot treat as needed. It sprays like hair spray and for the average 10 foot by 10 foot room, it would take just 3-5 seconds of spray to get it treated.
Lastly, we have two traps you can set up inside that do well at catching roaming thrips.
PLANT POT THRIP TRAPS
If you have plant pots in the home thrips are visiting (or even out in the garden), set some STICK THRIP TRAPS in the pot.
They use glue to catch thrips which are drawn to the area either due to the plant or the glue pad which is a light blue. For some reason, thrips seem to love light blue and once they land on the glue, they’re stuck for good.
THRIP LIGHT TRAP
The second thrip trap uses light to attract them. Use it at night, when all the lights are off, and it will quickly collect roaming thrips, mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, noseeums, moths and more.
The SPARROW HAWK comes with one glueboard (which will last 3-6 months) and plugs into the wall. Its super sturdy and the light bulb will last many years.
Low cost to run and ideal for catching most any flying pest in the home that might be nesting in the home or coming in from open windows or doors.
Be sure to check the Sprarrow Hawk product page for more details and also some kits we have. The kits include the Multipurpose Insect killer listed above or the Aerosol 1000 machine and Clear Zone.
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