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Name: Thrips

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Subclass: Pterygota

Superorder: Exopterygota

Order: Thysanoptera


Thrips will first enter a short prepupal stage lasting a day at most, during which they will seek out dark crevices on plant, hiding in the tightly packed bud of flowers or bark. They may also drop off of the plant and burrow into leaf litter or loose soil.


Thrips species feed on a large variety of sources, plant and animal, as well as other insects, such as mites.

Method of Travel:

Flying (short distances)


  • Homeowners can install proper screening for windows and patios to prevent gnats from entering residences and outdoor areas used for leisure and entertaining.

Steps to control:

  • Treat screens with a long-lasting insecticide that will be fatal to the gnats that land on the screen.
  • Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Max Flying Insect Killer or other Knock Down products listed below.