The western flower thrips (frankliniella occidentalis) or thrips, are a very dangerous pest for greenhouse growers as they are vectors of viruses. These insects are very thin and sneaky, and once they have entered the greenhouse, the expense in products to control the plague and crop losses can be devastating.
Not all anti-insect screens are created equal
The best remedy against thrips is to keep them from entering the greenhouse in the first place. The use of the insect exclusion screens seems to be an obvious and simple solution, but the specifications, design and operation requires adequate attention when selecting. However, selecting the right insect control screen is easier than it sounds.
If the minimum diameter of a thrip, measured from abdomen to thorax, is 0.169 mm (according to a study carried out by the College of Postgraduates in the state of Mexico - COLPOS), then the hole size of the insect screen you need must be smaller than the diameter of the thrip. It's that simple.
In this video taken with a microscope, you can easily see how thrips lose the battle against Svensson's Econet 1515 screen for effective insect control.
Econet 1515 beats thrips for all around effective exclusion
Econets unique structure is designed to block pests while maintaining airflow for a cooler, less humid climate. With a secure barrier against pests, Econet prevents virus transmission and reduces the need for harmful pesticides. Plus, with multiple hole-size options available, you can target the exact insects you want to exclude while still maintaining maximum airflow.
Contact us for more information about the study carried out by COLPOS and effective insect exclusion via Econet insect control screens.