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Old 04-15-2011, 07:19 PM   #16
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From the web:

"Thrips don't bite on purpose. They are just "tasting" you to see if you are a plant. They do not inject venom and the discomfort is only temporary. Of course you're not a plant and they are probably disappointed (Who knows?). Most people who are bitten by thrips are usually sitting downwind from something that's blooming. In the spring and summer, Chinese Tallow trees, magnolias, and wildflowers are loaded with thrips because of their blooms.

Thrips usually move from vegetables and flowers in the spring to wild grasses and native plants in the summer as drier conditions prevail.

Controlling thrips is fairly simple. Strong streams of water will provide some control, but insecticidal soaps will provide a more reliable means of managing this pest. Other controls include malathion, permethrin, and pyrethrin sprays. Check the product label to make sure it is approved for thrips control on the area in which you plan to use it. Thrips rarely require control efforts, but there are a variety of means available to do the job."

Literature Reference: Drees and Jackman. A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects. Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, Texas, 1998. (ISBN: 0-87719-263-4)

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:10 AM   #17
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Good info, Jane, thanks. I can count on one hand the number of times I've treated a property for thrips; might explain my misidentification of the photo, coupled with being to lazy to do the research.

When I've treated for thrips, it was in extreme cases. If they are getting inside a house, that could count as an extreme case. If someone is working in yard/garden and getting exposed/irritated, then that would be the more normal situation. Probably not requiring a treatment, or a low-impact treatment at best.

When I did treat, I power-sprayed exterior with a synthetic pyrethroid. Bi-fenthrin would be a good choice.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:09 PM   #18
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I live in Minnesota and have been having the same problem for the past few days. I have no clue what they are and you can barely see them. It first started outside at a park and has been a problem ever since. I vaguely remember this happening last year and I think it is a short seasonal problem. Let me know if you find the answer. I couldn't see your picture so I don't know if they look the same but the ones I saw are small, fly and are super fast. The bites sting.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:10 PM   #19
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Yes they do bite they are always biting me and my kids and it hurts . They swarm or pool . What are these things and how do i get rid of them . They are not in or house .
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Do a search for "chiggers". They are outdoor pests; not common in my area but they are real.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #21
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I live in northeastern pa, in the tristate area, and have noticed them all summer long. Whenever I go outside and smoke my morning cigarette I get bit up by the little orange pests. They r not fleas, fleas don't fly. And I had a long bout with those darn things. Borax, and vacuuming 3 times daily got rid of the fleas after about a month they disappeared. These orange bugs r attracted to my white t shirt, and there r usually about 30 on me at a time, they are easy to squash but are on me instantly as soon as I go outside, and I don't notice them until they start biting me. I then have to take my shirt off to wash it. They are around the size of a pin head. People think that I am crazy because they don't see them. My wife did until I showed her them on my white t. They go after me and not her. I read online they were calling them midges, but those did not look like them, they were black. What the hell are the tiny biting orange bugs!
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:09 PM   #22
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The question has already been answered. The orange bugs are called thrips.

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