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Managing a difficult insect pest on houseplants


Last updated 1/21/2021 at 12:23pm

Melinda Myers

Scale insects may be dining on your housepalant if you notice a sticky substance on its leaves and bumps on the upper and lower surface of the plant's leaves and stems.

A sticky substance on plant leaves, plant stands, and the floor are often the first clue alerting gardeners to a problem. If a closer look reveals bumps on the upper and lower surface of leaves and stems, it means scale insects have moved in to dine on your houseplants. Severe infestations can cause leaf yellowing, stunting and dieback of the plant. 

If you have battled these insects, you know they can be challenging to control. Arm yourself with an understanding of their lifecycle and be persistent to successfully manage these pests. 

Scale insects have needle-like mouthparts that allow...

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