Scale Insects on Pittosporum's

Old 05-13-03, 05:13 PM
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Question Scale Insects on Pittosporum's

Hello Everyone:

I am battleing a small, white furry insect-type bug on my Pittsoporum evergreen lawn service has treated them twice with horticultural oil, and some type of systemic insecticide. They are now telling me that I obviously have some type of "alien-scale." ( I am not kidding!!) The stuff looks like the top of a Q-Tip...mostly on the underside of the leaves, attached to the stems. The shrubs have been in place about 6 years, and are beautiful...I hate to lose them. Short of spending the rest of my life...using a q-tip/alcohol on each itsy-bitsey bug...any suggestions? I have tried hosing them down with strong water stream from hose...I have removed all of the old mulch from underneath..I am willing to try anything.

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Old 05-14-03, 07:18 AM
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Thanks for the information

Hi Chris:

Gosh, I guess the guys from "Lawn Doctor" knew what they were talking about!! I will print the article's for them. Now I just need a couple gazillion ladybugs, wasps, and beetles to eat the scale/mealy-bugs!! I am testing spraying with an all-purpose fungicide and then I powdered them good with some "bug dust." I notice that some of the ingredients are listed in the research articles.

Thanks do much for the information. Hubby and I will be mindful of any thing attempting to contact us through the television or strange anal sensations....don't alien's use "anal probes" usually!!! ( I am always reminded of the SouthPark episode about aliens)

Thanks again................

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