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Re: scale insect

  • Subject: Re: scale insect
  • From: Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:49:08 -0400

Hi Sherry,

Horticultural oils are effective on scale insect. If it were me I'd 
probably use that AND Imidacloprid, but the second is not organic, of 
course.   Don't put the oils on any Crassulas you might have.


Sherry Gates wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>   I have encountered a problem I haven't had to deal with.... SCALE 
> insects.  This past Spring, we moved from Beaumont, Tx (zone 9) to the 
> Woodville, Tx area (zone 8), about 55 miles north.  I've noticed on a 
> couple of plants(Aroids) that scale are getting on them.  Affected so 
> far were Anthurium Big Bill and Monstera del (variegated).  Just a 
> couple have been slightly infested and I've immediately taken them to 
> the bathtub and removed them by hand.  What's the best way to kill 
> them and prevent infestation without harming my plants?  I try so hard 
> to use organic methods for insect control & fertilization, but I'm 
> ready to break out the big guns on this, if necessary.  I've never had 
> this problem, so I'm kind of at a loss.  What's safe for Aroids, but 
> lethal to the little *%$!!!#$!?   I'm keeping a sharp eye out for any 
> of the obvious ones, but I'm guessing that I need to treat the soil as 
> well.  What's my best bet? 
>                                        Thanks for any advice,  Sherry 
> Gates
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