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Scales?

This is a discussion on Scales? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Are these scales and if so what should I do?...

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    Are these scales and if so what should I do?

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    Can you crush them? Do so! Then remove the reside. Segregate that plant from others so not to spread it. There are insecticides to kill it. One of the oils that suffocate it is an option I think.

    How much of it is present? If just a bit, the crush and wipe may be sufficient. I don't think alcohol works on it.

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    I inherited a problem with scale. This does not look like it, but if you can scrape it off with your fingernail then that is what it is. It doesn't spread too fast and is easy to watch for and keep up on it. I use an alcohol/water soap mixture on a piece of gauze and wipe it off when I see it. You can use a systemic to control it if you want. I use Imidacloprid which is pretty safe for humans and animals.

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    Have to agree with Karin, doesn't really look like scale. Looks more like something was testing edibility. Try what Harvey said though.

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    Thank you all! I tried to scrape it off but it wasn't really crusty. It didn't want to scape off - it just pulled off some of the leaf underneath it. So I pulled the spots off. Hopefully nothing will spread. Thanks again for your advice!

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