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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tiny, Yellow, Biting Bugs

a thrips next to a leaf vein
Have you every felt a sharp pinch while outside during summer only to find a tiny, yellow, sliver-like bug when you investigate the bite?

These bites are from a tiny insect called a thrips (the name is always plural; one thrips, many thrips).

Thrips normally feed on plants with very sharp, knife-like mouthparts. If they happen to land on us they can bite causing a sharp, stabbing pain. The bites are annoying but completely harmless and are more common in mid- to late summer. Unfortunately, insect repellents don't work against thrips. See this article at the 'Bugs website for more information.

Thrips can be important plant pests where they damage leaves and in some cases even infect plants with a virus. Greenhouse growers in particular often treat their crops with insecticide to prevent thrips damage. 

drawing showing feathery wings











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13 comments:

kevin shuler said...

Thanks for sharing. These are some nasty little monsters.

kevin shuler said...

Thanks for sharing. They are some mean little monsters.

kimberly strickland said...

I think one bit me in my house but its winter

John Garrison said...

I can't even sit on my porch without smacking myself until they run me in my own house.

Gail Ross said...

Yes, they are! Not completely harmless if you have an allergic reaction to the bite either! Little devils.

Unknown said...

I found something that seems to be working! I've been looking day and night trying to find away to kill these things. They attack me and my girls everytime we walk out the door. Anyways get something blue, bright blue is better. I used a glue stick to cover a bright blue bowl in. I have had it on my porch for maybe 10 mins and there is already over 30 of them stuck to it! Good luck I hope it helps!

Sheena Folsom said...

Aweful little creatures. You cant stand outside 2 mins before these little monsters start biting.

Unknown said...

These suckers are covering my pool,especially the rim that's inflatable. They are always in thousands it seems

Jess Branik said...

These guys are all over my truck! They usually start swarming mid to late afternoon so i have to get all my running around done in early morning. Otherwise i get bit up because the get in the truck. Its driving me crazy.

Anita Jones said...

These little bastards are so annoying! At least now I know what they are.

Unknown said...

Ya me too I can't go out for even two minutes that eat me alive it sucks what's stops them from biting I would like to sit outside

Latanya Mcneil said...

I hate them! They chase me out of my patio...but seem to go away in the evening...little bastards I murder each one that lands 😂

Unknown said...

Daughter and grandkids were bitten by these nasty critters after swim at local pool - early September. Hurt like crazy - swelling - bite areas very sensitive. Really, really hurt!