I have had salvias for decades and never had a problem with them but I think I have Chili Thrips in my Salia Augusta Duelberg, Salvia regla , Salvia chiquita. They are thrips and I think they might be chili thrips . I am unsure how they arrived here. I know that these bugs are causing all sorts of problems in Florida, Houston and San Antonio. These thrips will live on 40 different families of plants. They are not picky. Has anyone out there had any problems with them on their salvias or is there another type of thrips that like salvias?