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PLANT SCALE

OVERVIEW

Scale is a common issue with many houseplants. The term refers to infestation by any one of more than 7,000 species of tiny sap-sucking insects that rob plants of essential nutrients. They tend to thrive in warm, dry environments.

SYMPTOMS

 

Scale bugs are small and flat, with a protective tan or brown shell-like covering (scale). Scale almost always appears in clusters, making it easier to spot. The pests often resemble shell-like bumps rather than insects. They typically target the undersides of leaves and surrounding leaf joints.

TREATMENT

In order to treat and manage scale bugs, use any of the natural treatments listed below. The treatment selected should be added to a spray bottle and applied to the leaves of the affected plant for three consecutive days. If no results are shown after two weeks of completing the treatment and the disease continues to spread, you may try another one of the remedies listed below. Do not apply the treatment while the plant is receiving full sun, apply early in the morning or after sunset.

Chamomile Tea

1 cup of chamomile tea combined with 2 cups of water

Cinnamon

1 tablespoon of cinnamon combined with 1 liter of water

Garlic

5 cloves of garlic combined with 1 liter of water, place mixture in a blender for best results

Baking Soda

1 tablespoon of baking soda combined with 1 liter of water

Vinegar

1 tablespoon of vinegar combined with 1 liter of water

Milk

1 cup of milk combined with 1 cup of water

Dish Soap

3 drops of dish soap combined with 1 liter of water

For More Advanced Cases

combine 800 ml of water with 200 ml of milk and 20 g of baking soda