If your houseplants have brown, crusty patches, or look like someone sprayed them with soda pop, your plants may be infested with scale insects. These insects, from 1/16 to 1/4 inch wide, feed on sap, hide under a shell-like coating, and secrete honeydew, the clear, sticky fluid on plants. If untreated, scales can spread to other plants.
Signs to look for:
Crusted or spotted patches on stems and leaves. Close up, look for tiny bumps--the scale insects. They're usually on the underside of leaves.
Honeydew, which looks like dried soda pop. It may attract a black, powdery fungus called sooty mold. (Sooty mold doesn't harm plants, but it does block light from getting to the plant leaves.)
Pale, discolored leaves. Along with discolored spots and honeydew, sickly leaves indicate that scale insects are sucking your plant's sap.
Throw away badly infested plants and quarantine treatable ones.
Scratch scale insects from plants with a fingernail, toothpick, or tweezers.
Swab scale insects with rubbing alcohol (do this at least once a week for several consecutive weeks).
Use insecticidal soap (again, at least once a week for several consecutive weeks). Be sure to spray the soap where you see the insects; if they're on the bottoms of the leaves, spraying the soap on top of the leaves won't help.
Sunday, July 18, 2010 12:46 PM
Show me a picture of the insects, not a pair of gloves. What can you do if they're on your shrubs outside?
Monday, April 18, 2011 10:17 PM
My home has been infested w/pests that have many different stages in their life cycle. We find them throughout our home, stuck to any surface with their spiney legs ; their in our clothes closet, our linen, the walls, curtains, our food cupboards, our refrigerator, food, our beds, our animals, every where. I have hired our local pest control professional, but cannot seem to master & conquer these so called bed bugs. We were advised that we have bed-bugs but also seem to be infested with other pests/bugs that we have not been able to identify!! I have come to you because I have tried everything else and you are my last hope in solving this ongoing, crazy making pest infestation!? We have been doused with a clear sticky liquid that seems to attract the bugs that are physically visible. Time is not a factor as to when this happens but notice that a 1/2"-1" black narrow bug appears, as if it fell from the ceiling, which I have found a white ball remaining in the rear area of this now dead black bug, that if one was to inspect this critter, they would notice the very long, spear like legs that looks like it would hurt if handled. Many times I have been bit, stung without finding anything on me and itch an awful lot. Another important piece of info. is that bedbugs saliva has properties with an anti blood-corrangolant. If you have any possible information &/or questions, please assist in any fashion shape or form. I appreciate any & all your time. I'd like to thank you ahead of time, in hopes that you will be our angel sent from up above. I am so at my witts end with this situation. PLEASE HELP MY FAMILY... truely believe that this is a health problem. God Bless you & yours
Friday, July 01, 2011 3:46 PM
I, also, was hoping for a picture of the bug mentioned, not a pair of gloves. no help.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:07 PM
i was hoping for a pic of the bugs too...much easier to diagnose if u know what it looks like!!
Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:53 AM
This sounds like it may be my problem. But with no picture, it's hard to tell. I have a tulip magnolia tree that is about 10 feet tall and covered with these things! When I first noticed them in February, I scratched some of them off from the lower limbs. I've been trying to figure out what they are ever since. There is no way that I can physically remove these things by hand, or coat them with alcohol by hand. And if that wasn't enough, now the tree is covered with tons of other insects, like wasps, colored flies, and other bugs I don't even know! If anyone out there can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I normally try NOT to use chemicals, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Would Diazanon kill these sap suckers? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:52 PM
I was hoping to see a picture of the bug too :(
Saturday, March 02, 2013 11:47 AM
does anyone know the answers to the above bug problems ?