Thrips are very small (1/16 inch long), slender sucking insects that are yellow, brown or black with fringed wings.

Damage From Thrips

Thrips are a common pest of hundreds of garden plants but are especially troublesome on roses. They scrape plant tissue and feed on the sap that follows. This causes streaked or distorted flowers, shoots, fruit and foliage. Thrips prefer light-colored blossoms in shades such as pale yellow, white or light pink. Some Thrips can also spread plant viruses, including tomato spotted wilt disease.

Where Thrips are Found Geographically

Thrips are common throughout the United States.