Close up of a scale insect
Scale on leaves
Scale on stem
Scale on leaf
Scale on Citrus plants, with sooty mould
Term applies to small insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Sternorrhyncha. There are currently around 8000 known species of scale insects.
Scale are small sap-sucking insects. Many look like the scale of a fish or lizard, while others can even appear fluffy. The scale insects that most gardeners are familiar with are the adult females. The adults are generally immobile and are permanently attached to the plant that they are sucking the sap from. Scale feeding on a plant can affect the vigour and also produce honeydew.
Honeydew is a sweet waste product that can attract wasps and cause your plants to become covered in sooty mould.
Healthy plants are less likely to suffer from insects like scale. Feed plants regularly, do what you can to improve the soil and make sure that plants are well watered.
Spray plants thoroughly (until they start dripping) with Bugtrol.
It’s an organic spray but, if possible, spray in the evening to avoid harming any beneficial insects in your garden.
Don’t use oil-based sprays on ferns or palms. For these plants either use pyrethrum or see the other treatment option.
Spray with Confidor.
If possible spray in the evening to reduce harm to the beneficial insects in your garden.
An organic, broad spectrum insecticide that can be used to control a broad range of insects and also helps prevent plants from getting some fungal disease, such as powdery mildew. Perfect for use on ornamentals and edibles.
There are Plant Doctors in every Kings store all weekend, but you can also book a mid-week consultation. Bring in a photo and we’ll prescribe a solution on the spot!
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