Scale insects are parasites that suck the sap, or lifeblood, from plants. They can do a lot of damage to plants if their population grows beyond what their host plant can sustain. This can happen if their natural enemies, such as small wasps or lady beetles, are chased off by ants, which will defend scale insect “plantations” for the sugary honeydew the scale insects excrete. Aside from ant activity, another problem with the scale insects’ honeydew is that it can grow a blackish, sooty mold, which triggers allergies in some people.
Because adult female scale insects are protected by their waxy coverings, application of pesticides often does not work, and even can backfire if the materials you spray eliminate the scale insects’ natural predators. Your Clark Pest Control technician is highly trained to evaluate your scale insect infestation and devise the smartest, most effective solution.
Latin name: Coccoidea, families Coccidae, Diaspididae, et al.