Cotton Thrips

Cotton Thrips: Thrips tabaci

Symptom of damage:

  • Shrivelling of leaves due to scrapping of epidermis and de-sapping
  • Attacked terminal buds have ragged edges
  • Silvery shine on the undersurface of leaves

Identification of the pest:

  • Nymphs – Very minute, slender, yellowish and microscopic
  • Adult – Small, slender, yellowish to brown with fringed wings


  • ETL: 50 nymphs or adults/50 leaves
  • Seed treatment with imidacloprid 70 WS 7g/kg protect the crop from aphids, leafhoppers and thrip sup to 8 weeks
  • Spray any one of the following insecticides (500 l spray fluid/ha)
  • Imidacloprid 200 SL  @100 ml
  • Methyl demeton 25 EC 500ml/ha
  • Dimethoate 30 EC 500ml/ha
  • NSKE 5% @ 2 kg/ha.



  • TamilNadu Agritech Portal
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