Attack of the Scale!
A battle of epic proportions is raging here in Lino Lakes. My poor house plants are being decimated by a quickly spreading infestation of SCALE.
Had I realized what it was earlier perhaps I could have stopped it. The little pests just look like tiny brown dots.
Coulda woulda shoulda.
Things I’ve learned about scale:
– Scale insects suck the fluids from your plants’ leaves and stems, robbing them of essential nutrients. Leaves wither and yellow and may drop from the plant. Indoors, scale insects thrive in the warm, dry environment and may produce up to six new generations on houseplants each year.
– Indoor pests multiply quickly. There are no natural predators to keep them in check, so you have to be very diligent about checking for symptoms. Spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and scale can cover a plant in days. If severe enough, the plant may never recover. AGHHH!!!
– Scales are insects with piercing/sucking mouth parts. ewww. Female scale insects look like small (1/10 to 1/5 inch), oval, legless bumps. The males are minute yellow-winged insects, and the larvae resemble small mealybugs.
– Once an adult female settles in, she almost always remains in that spot and begins to produce eggs.
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