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Is it ok to eat oregano leaves from thrips infested plant?

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Hi! I'm not sure but I think I have thrips on my garden, specially on the oregano plant, is it safe to eat it anyway? Thanks!
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Posted by: Romina (1 point) Romina
Posted: November 14, 2013




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Yes, eating insects is OK. But they will likely move off as you cut the leaves for preparation. And washing will also remove them. But ingesting insects with plants is not un-healthy (unless you have allergies to insects which some people do, but it is rare)


Posted by: David Hughes (55 points) David Hughes
Posted: November 15, 2013


Peg Boyles commented,
Great answer, David. I reckon I've [unintentionally] eaten my weight in insects from vegetables and fruits over my decades of growing my own. Insects are nutritious! They're efficient food-converters.

Lots of people around the world depend on insects for food http://bit.ly/1cvXFRL, and many scientists believe they could play an important role in reducing food scarcity and feeding the world. http://bit.ly/HX8T9h

As for the disgust factor: Most Westerners eat shrimp, and many savor raw oysters. I rest my case.

about 7 years ago.

Lindsay McMenemy commented,
I've accidentally swallowed many an aphid during lab experiments - with all that honedew they are quite sweet :-)
about 7 years ago.

Peg Boyles commented,
!
about 7 years ago.

Romina commented,
haha! thanks to all of you for your comments, I was actually more concern about the damage that the oregano's leaves has! but now I feel more secure about eating some thrips and sweet aphids!
about 7 years ago.



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Perfectly safe to eat but if the thrips are damaging your plant then it might be best to treat the plant to get rid of them. There are several insecticidal soaps you can use to kill off thrips which are a safe and effective alternative to insecticides or you could release some ladybugs that will munch on the thrips (although at this time of year you will probably be hard pressed to find any). You can generally use these soaps right up until the day you want to harvest your plants and they will not harm beneficial insects if you are using them outdoors. Thrips not only cause physical damage to the plant, but can also transmit plant viruses, so I'd definitely make an effort to get rid of them before they spread.


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: November 15, 2013


Peg Boyles commented,
But, boy is it tough to control them. In dense plantings or dense foliage, it's almost impossible to get the spray up under the leaves, where the thrips and their larvae hang out.

I've never found ladybugs much help with thrips in my little food-producing solar greenhouse (though they do a fine job controlling aphids).

about 7 years ago.

Lindsay McMenemy commented,
True about the dense foliage Peg but I reckon its definitely worth a shot judging from the pics of the oregano plant
about 7 years ago.

Romina commented,
Sure! That's what I've been looking for to treat my plants! I just want to find a natural way to do it, and if it's some natural insecticide I can do myself much better! If you guys know something that could help me please let me know! Thank you!
about 7 years ago.



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Romina, I don't think this is science-based, but I just heard that soaking cotton balls in vanilla and setting them around infected/susceptible plants works as a trap for thrips. I have a new outbreak in my greenhouse, and I'm trying it myself as soon as I get some cotton balls.


Posted by: Peg Boyles (3 points) Peg Boyles
Posted: November 15, 2013


Romina commented,
thanks Peg again for your all your help, I'll be trying that too and I'll let you know if it worked! :)
about 7 years ago.



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