Return to the Balcony Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

which pest is it?

Posted by mariateresa Z10 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 6, 07 at 10:54

Hi, I have a small skimmia on my balcony. About 2 weeks ago I thought it was kind of dirty and decided to give it a shower. On inspecting it closely, I noticed that the leaves that used to be dark green were sort of grey green and the dirt actually was some kind of bug. I showered it of course and returned it to the balcony. It then rained for a couple of days and today on inspecting it again, there they were. I don't have a magnifying glass, which makes it difficult to id them. Anyway, they are sort of brown, reddish brown in colour. I mixed some soap in water and thoroughly washed the leaves one by one.


- anyone has an idea of which bug it is?
- what else can I do to save my plant? There is new growth by the way.

Any help is wellcome.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: which pest is it?

It could be scale insects which are that color, although it's difficult to try to ID unless you had a picture of it. You might try alcohol and a q-tip to dab on the bugs. Some plants are sensitive to insecticidal soap if you want to try that (but make sure you read the label).

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Balcony Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here