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Scale treatments

Posted by gour none (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 15, 13 at 0:10

What is the best way to rid your plants of scale? I've been scraping them off and spraying my plants with a rubbing alcohol solution but they always seem to come back. It's on a few of my aloes and my orange tree. Please help!


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RE: Scale treatments

Scale is not the easiest pest to get rid of. Try scraping off as much as you can, and rub the scale you see with alcohol on a Q-tip. You can also buy pesticide tablets to stick into the soil. Worth a try... personally I toss pesty plants out in the bush behind the house.


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RE: Scale treatments

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 20:40

Scale in the crawler stage responds to topical treatments of various insecticides and rubbing alcohol, but the adults are protected by their shell. The least noxious effective treatment is a light horticultural oil, sometimes referred to as summer oil, perfect oil, or all season horticultural oil. The fastest and surest remedy is a systemic insecticide that is proven effective on scale. One of those is Bayer 3-in-1 Insect Disease and Mite Control. It is approved for use on houseplants, but should not be sprayed indoors. Read & follow directions carefully if you use it - as we should with any insecticidal remedy we use in/on our plantings.

Al


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RE: Scale treatments

  • Posted by gour none (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 23:37

Thank you for the very good information. Will the Bayer 3-1 spray be ok to use on an orange tree you think?


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RE: Scale treatments

  • Posted by gour none (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 23:38

Thank you for the very good information. Will the Bayer 3-1 spray be ok to use on an orange tree you think?


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RE: Scale treatments

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 16:08

It will work well, but do not use it if you intend to eat the fruit. The label advises it's not to be used on plants for food.

Al


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