I have a shrub that has a lot of leaves and branches covered with white capsules. They brush off and do not move, so I think they are eggs. I don't see any live insects that are in the same numbers as this many eggs would produce. I introduced some lady bugs and they didn't seem interested in the white capsules. Could you help identify them and provide any remedy?
Anne Arundel County Maryland
This is an infestation of a type of sucking insect called scale. This particular scale is called "Euonymus scale". (Your plant is Euonymus)
Here is our page on scale: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/armored-hard-scale-trees-and-shrubs
and our page on Euonymus Scale itself: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/euonymus-scale-shrubs
At this point we'd suggest either removing it or cut the plant back to the ground and let it re-grow. Keep an eye on the new growth and treat as needed.