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Signs of damage
- An abundant amount of honeydew. As we have mentioned before, Soft Scales are known for producing it.
- Premature leaf drop. It is happening because these pests reduce trees' vigor and growth.
- Dying branches. Another example of how Scales destabilize the affected tree.
- Yellowing of the leaves. This also indicates weakening.
How to prevent
If you keep your trees healthy, the probability of scale infestation will be reduced. However, be moderate with fertilizing because too much of it can contribute to the problem. Monitoring the garden is important because it would be advantageous to spot them in the early stage of their development, even if you miss the moment of their appearance.
The good news is these insects don't require a huge arsenal to destroy them. When it comes to Armored Scales, horticultural oil can be a lifesaver. Before applying, ensure the tree isn't stressed and well-hydrated, and spray the affected tree with it. Repeat the procedure at five to six-week intervals. Insecticides can be useful to get rid of Soft Scales.
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