Armored scale insects are small bugs that attach themselves to leaves and branches of trees. While armored scale insects are attached, they insert their large needle-like mouth parts, sometimes as long as eight times the length of their body, and feed on the tree sap. Similar to aphids, during feeding is when these insects cause the most damage to the growth of the trees and shrubs. They also secrete a sticky material called “honeydew”, resulting in additional harm to the tree through the growth of fungus.
Armored scale insects control is best achieved by the application of dormant sprays and pesticides while they are in their mobile state. During this mobile state they are called crawlers, coming out from underneath their protective coating, usually in early to mid summer. Armored scale insects can also be controlled naturally by predatory insects such as lady bugs.
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