The fight against scales is very difficult; as a rule, their appearance is detected only as some time passes; when the larvae are already sitting "safe" under the shields. Young larvae, rather mobile, cannot be seen with the naked eye. The scutes of the scabbards themselves are light gray, yellowish-white, rather flat in shape, and in the false scutes, they are brownish, more often semicircular. Females of scale insects, in contrast to scale insects and false scale insects, are covered with a white powdery bloom.
These scutes settle on stems, twigs, leaves, usually on the backside along the conductive veins. During mass reproduction, pests sit closely on the plant. Worms, on the other hand, often hide in the axils of the leaves. As a result of damage by these pests, leaves, fruits fall off, plants gradually dry out, and a sooty mushroom settles on sugary secretions. The range of plants affected by them is very wide - these are cactus, citrus, oleander, palm trees, ficuses, ivy, orchids, ferns. There are worms that damage the roots - rootworms. Cactus and bromeliads often suffer from them. Colonies of scales are visible on the roots if you carefully knock out a dry lump of soil from the pot.