Also known as waxy scale, this type of scale is known to be ‘soft scale’. They are easier to see due to their build up of natural coating around them, which makes them harder to treat.
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Wax scale are seen more often when the weather starts to cool down in autumn, and most commonly seem to cluster around the mid ribs of leaves. They can also be found at weaker points on a plant, such as a fork where branches divide.
This scale will also produce honeydew, a sticky substance they excrete which can be farmed by ants, and fungi start to grow on it causing ‘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.
Spraying as a preventative program is better than trying to treat a bad infestation.
Then spray monthly for maintenance and prevention.
If possible, spray in the evening to avoid harming any beneficial insects in your garden.
Don’t use oil-based sprays on ferns or fine-leafed palms. For these plants use a pyrethrum spray.
A two-way systemic insecticide, safe for bees and most beneficial insects, providing control of sucking insects including harder to control species. Approved for use on roses, pot plants, hedging, flowers and ornamentals.
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