Hot and Dry?? - Signs of the Beginnings of Ficus Thrips

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I’m in southern CA. This is not seasonal heat, under watering or disease but the beginnings of ficus thrips.
The thrips suck the leaf moisture (notice the tiny discolored hole spots) out making the leaf “taco” effectively blocking any pest spray from reaching them. Once the leaf is taco’ed the only thing you can do is remove the leaf. There were a few of these but I caught it in time.
Just an FYI…..
 

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Thrips, remove affected leaves and throw them in the garbage can away from the trees. I don’t know if it’s possible to keep the tree free from them, they always seem to come back, here in soflo at least. Nothing to be worried about, just keep them in check; when you see an affected leaf, toss it.

didn’t realize this wasn’t a question. 😂 reaffirming your post in any case. Lol
 

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Bayer Tree & Shrub systemic worked for Azalea.
 
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