Get Rid of Scales
Scales range from tan to brown and 1/16 to 1/4 inch in diameter. One type,
called soft scale, excretes a messy, sticky liquid called honey dew. Scale
insects attach themselves to stems and underside of leaves to feed on plant
sap, causing stunted and deformed plants.
Here's how to control scales:
- Spray scales at their immature "crawler" stage with insecticidal
soap or horticultural oil weekly.
- Dab adult scales with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol, or wipe them
off with a damp cloth. Adults have a waxy covering that makes contact
- Discard havily infected plants so scale won't spread to other plants
or move them from the healthy plants.
- When you buy new plants keep them away until you're sure they're not carrying insects or diseases.
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