Real World Gardener Citrus Scale in Plant Doctor

December 18th, 2015

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Scale of Citrus

Female scales don't need to mate to lay eggs, but they die straight after laying those eggs and crawlers that hatch can remain under the body for a few days.

White Wax Scale. Photo Courtesy Eco organic garden.

These pests are very tiny when they hatch, around 1mm in size, so undetectable to the naked eye.

As they get older they build a protecting coating where they are pretty much untouchable by anything that you want to throw at it.

Once crawlers have found a place that suits them as a feeding site, the insert their piercing mouthparts into the plant and begin to produce a waxy coating.

So the best time to treat your plants for scale is now when they’re unprotected.

Let’s find out about what the different scales look like and how to treat them.

I'm speaking with Steve Falcioni from

Citrus Louse Scale

Did you know that there’s a ladybug that disguises itself as pest, almost looking like cottony cushion scale or mealybug but the difference between it and the pest that it resembles and eats, is that it’s relatively fast moving?

In fact this ladybug climbs up and down the twigs and branchlets looking for the mealybug dinner.

Mealybugs on the other hand, tend to hide in cracks and crevices of your plant and don’t really move much at all.

If you have any questions about scale pests or have some information you’d like to share, why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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