Prickly Pear Scale
sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Fri Feb 4 18:52:20 EST 2000
Is it a houseplant, or outdoors?
Scale is notoriously impervious to sprays, except in the "crawler"
stage of it's lifecycle...BUT they don't crawl as adults, so a good
washing of a potted plant
with enough water pressure to remove the scale, but gentle enough not
to bruse the plant
will usually eliminate the problem after two washings a month apart.
Outside, ants transport the scale from one plant to another, so there
you have to wash AND either bait or spray to stop the ants.
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