Ask a Question forum: Could this be thrips on my Indoor Chilli Plant?

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Name: Shannon Hill

May 16, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Hi there!

(New Gardener)

I've grown a Chilli plant from seed indoors but have noticed on the leaves there's white spots and on a newly opened flower there seems to be teeny tiny worm like insects, a quick search on google showed up thrips which looked very similar!

Could these be thrips? If so, is there any hope for little plants and could this infect the rest of my indoor plants?

Thanks for all your help!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 16, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Q-tip with alcohol will kill em.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 16, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Drench your pepper with insecticidal soap (make sure to also drench the soil) to wash off as many as possible. Be sure to rinse the soap off.

Hang a sticky trap near your plant to monitor for more.

Thrips are attracted by wet soil. Let your pepper dry out (water when you can't feel moisture in the top inch of soil).

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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