white scale on azaleas

Asked July 10, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT

Some of my azaleas and my mountain laurel have acquired what appears to be white scale. When I cut off the affected branches, the motion causes the insects to fly away, presumably to infect another plant. What can I do to save the affected plants and prevent my other azaleas from becoming infected?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Are you noticing any damage on your azaleas or mountain laurel? If so please send us some digital photos of the damage and insect. Scale insects do not fly. They are pretty much stationary on a plant but when the eggs hatch they can 'walk' from plant to plant and are called crawlers. If you see something flying this is not scale. We need to have more information to be helpful. Thanks!