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Scale Insects on House Plants

By The Old House Web

Scale Insects on House Plants


Scale insects can be hard to control on house plants. The insects are usually under a brown, hard shell that is adpressed to the stem. Sometimes the symptom noticed first is a sticky coating on the leaves and even on the furniture or floor beneath the plant. The sticky coating is honeydew excreted by the scale insects. A black fungus called sooty mold may grow on the honeydew. Sprays are not effective in controlling mature scales. A systemic insecticide if most effective.

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