Scale

Scale

Scale
Description of Pest
Description of Damage
Scale may be white, yellow, brown gray or black. It looks like a hard-shelled lump on stems and leaves. It is so tightly attached that it sometimes appears to be a part of the plant. Foliage will turn yellow and leaves will drop.

Methods of Control:

  • Manual removal works well for small populations. Scale may be more difficult to remove than mealybugs -- try using a small knife to scrape them off. Rubbing them with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol will kill them.
  • Soap-Shield kills scale in a day or two. Spray at five to ten day intervals.
  • Alcohol spray: 4 parts water to 3 parts rubbing alcohol.

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