Re: scale insect
I have been using a fairly new product put out by Bayer called '3-in-1 Insect, Disease, & Mite Control', and have purchased it at Home Depot.
The label says it is for use on 'Roses, Flowers, and Shrubs', and it 'Cures and prevents disease'.
It is a systemic and it works for about 30 days with one application.
It comes two different ways, one being in a container that you can attach directly to your hose and it mixes as it sprays with a trigger attachment. It's very easy, no mixing, no measuring. You can use as much as you need then unhook the hose and save the unmixed portion in the container for another time. I use it in my greenhouse when ever I notice mites, mealy bugs, scale or anything else.
This product also comes in a smaller ready mixed spray bottle, and can be used whenever it is necessary. If you only have a few plants this is great. I keep it on hand for emergencies or when I pick up something new that might need a little clean up.
I have used this product 4 times since I first discovered it and have never had any plant react badly to it. I have even used it on delicate Maiden hair ferns(Adiantums) and have never seen any burn. It works fantastically on aroids and wipes out mites with one application. Besides aroids and Adiantums I have also used it on Nepenthes, palms, epiphytic ferns, Calatheas, gingers, orchids,and other tropical shade plants without any toxic reaction.
It doesn't have a bad odor either like the other products I used in the past.
Being that it is a systemic I would not use it on anything edible though.
Hopes this helps you and brings your plants back to a healthy state,
---- Sherry Gates <TheTropix@msn.com> 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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