A large population of chilli thrips was also detected recently in Houston. A survey was conducted of the entire Medical Center complex and chilli thrips or signs of chilli thrips were found at every rose bed. Chilli thrips were also found on other roses outside the Medical Center. The actual distribution of the infestation is currently unknown.
It is important to remember that chilli thrips attack more than just roses. They can attack a wide range of landscape plants, horticulture crops and row crops.