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Oddness on Escallonia

Observed: 31st May 2011 By: Emma6
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Description:

Found weird white and brown lumps on Escallonia plant in May. They were powdery if I pushed one off. Now in October it's as if there is a tiny bit of candyfloss left behind. Spiders like this corner. Next-door Acer may now be dead :-( (lost leaves mid-summer) but Escallonia and Apple tree (to the right) are healthy. Have many breeding garden snails around too.

Identifications
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    Scale insect
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Comments

Emma6's picture

Shrubs

Aha thank you! I have both shrubs and often get them mixed up...

So are those the egg sacs for the insects or the insects themselves? And could they have killed my Acer nearby?

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Sap suckers

They will weaken the plant. A mist spray is not powerful enough to penetrate the "wooly" guard. A car windscreen pump with a ride-on toy battery is best with the jet from a spray bottle or the screen jet from an old car. Woody plants can take rain drops traveling at 50 miles per hour without damage. Any sign of vine weevil and you need to add a "tea" containing about a desert-spoon full of tobacco and about a sixth of a tea-spoon full of loft grown leaf cannabis with a couple of drops of washing-up liquid cooled and made up to 1000ml. Treatment lasts at least 2 years for vine weevil. Commercial insecticides have got weaker in the past few years.

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