Although Crop Control is extremely effective at preventing thrips, an infestation can be difficult to treat with Crop Control alone. Certain species are more easily eradicated than others. The anatomy of the thrips has a lot to do with why. You need to spray their thorax region in order to suffocate them. Most people are spraying with fine mist atomizers which, while great for mites, doesn’t manage to get the product delivered to the underbelly of the thrips where their breathing mechanisms are located. A deluge sprayer or paint sprayer is the best tool for the job when spraying thrips with Crop Control.
There is a beneficial fungus called Beauveria which can be used with Crop Control. When used in conjunction with Trifecta Crop Control as part of your IPM, you should see excellent results in breaking thrip infestations.
It is important to note that Crop Control will kill off and break down the beauvaria. The two products can be used in rotation to allow each to perform its function. Beauvaria can be applied 2 days after Crop Control in a weekly application.
NOTE: the Beauveria will drive fungal spore counts rather high, though. This can create a failure on a TYM test for commercial cannabis growers. Using Crop Control as a rinse after a Beauveria treatment seems to help mitigate this.
Thrips are very attracted to bright colors. Blue sticky traps are recommended and are another tool that can be added into the mix that helps quite a bit. Place the traps close to the infected plants.