The main measures you can apply to control this pest are primarily a matter of proper maintenance of the garden. Here’s what you can do to keep away the plants in your garden from a thrip infestation: take care of your garden soil, water it regularly and apply mulch on it. It is known that thrips are attracted to plants that are already ill or unhealthy and thus, they can often be seen on plants growing in harsh conditions, such as in dry land, not irrigated and without mulch on it;
eliminate all vegetal residues, such as dry or wilted flowers;
do not fertilize the soil more than necessary, as this will encourage the growth of other juicy plants, that will attract other pests, such as aphides;
cultivate plants that are adapted to the environment from the area; if you cultivate plants that prefer sun, in a shady and chilly area, they will become more predisposed to thrip infestation.
be vigilant and periodically inspect the plants to see if they have or have not been infested. You can see signs of thrips infestation in the inferior sides of the leaves and in the nip between the leaves and stems. Do not hesitate to remove the already infested plants and to cut the grass and weeds around your home to exclude alternative hosts where thrips could relocate.
do not cut the leaves off of the plants that thrips prefer with a scissor, as this will determine a younger and softer leaf to grow, thus pleasing these pests;
inspecting all the plants you buy before you bring and plant them into your garden;
provide good, constant irrigation to plants;
using row covers, hot caps, or other kinds of cages with a fine mesh in order to keep thrips (and other insects) away from vulnerable vegetables or young plants; once the latter become larger, though, it is important to remove the covers, allowing them enough growing space.