I just determined that i have armored scale on several plants. I'm freaking...

Asked September 25, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

I just determined that i have armored scale on several plants. I'm freaking out. Can you please help me determine the best product to rid myself of these little animals? They are live, I checked…squished a few. Will winter kill them? I'm anxious they will spread to other plants/trees in my yard. Are they as hard to kill as I read about online…help please.

St. Mary's County Maryland scale insects insect identification

1 Response

Don't freak out, we're here to help.
First off, if you can 'squish' them, they aren't armored scales.
The first step is to get a definite i.d. of your problem.
Which plants are you seeing these on? How heavy an infestation? How do the plants look overall? (Don't worry that they'll go everywhere, they don't work that way.)
Can you take digital photos and attach them to this reply? This would help immensely.
That said, yes, we absolutely can help you to control these if necessary. (Sometimes beneficial insects already existing in your landscape take care of pest insects).
Give us some more information and we will go from there.
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