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UK Risk Register Details for Thrips palmi

This record was last updated on 18/03/2020

Common Names

  • melon thrips
  • oriental thrips
  • southern yellow thrips

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Fruits or vegetables

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Cut flowers or branches
  • Fruits or vegetables

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 4
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 16
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 64

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated quarantine pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 2
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 24

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
United Kingdom Absent
North America
Mexico Present
United States Present
South America
Brazil Present
Colombia Present
French Guiana Present
Guyana Present
Suriname Present
Venezuela Present
Australia Present
French Polynesia Present
Micronesia Present
New Caledonia Present
Palau Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Samoa Present
Wallis et Futuna Present
Cote d'Ivoire Present
Mauritius Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Sudan Present
Bangladesh Present
Brunei Present
China Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Iraq Present
Japan Present
North Korea Present
South Korea Present
Malaysia Present
Myanmar Present
Pakistan Present
Philippines Present
Singapore Present
Sri Lanka Present
Taiwan Present
Thailand Present
Vietnam Present
Laos Present
Central America
Antigua and Barbuda Present
Bahamas Present
Barbados Present
Costa Rica Present
Cuba Present
Dominica Present
Dominican Republic Present
Grenada Present
Guadeloupe Present
Haiti Present
Jamaica Present
Martinique Present
Puerto Rico Present
Saint Lucia Present
Saint Kitts and Nevis Present
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Present
Trinidad and Tobago Present
British Virgin Islands Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Thysanoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Total protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai
  • Cucumis melo L.
  • Cucumis sativus L.
  • Cucurbita pepo L.
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Cyclamen persicum Mill.
  • Chrysanthemum x morifolium Ramat.
  • Ficus L.
  • Glycine max (L.) Merr.
  • Helianthus annuus L.
  • Momordica L.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Phaseolus vulgaris L.
  • Pisum sativum Linnaeus
  • Sesamum indicum L.
  • Solanum melongena L.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Vigna unguiculata (Linnaeus) Walpers
  • Orchidaceae (family)
  • Solanaceae (family)
  • Gossypium hirsutum
  • Plants (general)

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

UK (2001)

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Regulated quarantine pest, EPPO A1

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Regulated polyphagous thrips pest regularly intercepted in the UK and one outbreak which has been successfully eradicated. This pest is not known to be present in Europe.

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