The past 2 weeks have a a whirlwind of activity and life events and I'm just now taking a break and getting to spend some time with my plants... only to discover what I think may be thrip damage. I pulled out and took photos of the plants that look the most effected to me. I haven't been able to spot any pests at all, but I don't have great eyesight, so I would love to get some opinions.
Last year I had somewhat similar looking issues, but I was finding aphids and treated them with neem oil. I'm not currently seeing any aphids, but I'm now wondering if I have had thrips for longer than I initially thought. The aphid damage did seem greater than the aphids I was seeing last year, but anyway.
I'd prefer to avoid pesticides, but am prepared to apply acephate if this is thrips.