which pest is it?

mariateresaFebruary 6, 2007

Hi, I have a small skimmia on my balcony. About 2 weeks ago I thought it was kind of dirty and decided to give it a shower. On inspecting it closely, I noticed that the leaves that used to be dark green were sort of grey green and the dirt actually was some kind of bug. I showered it of course and returned it to the balcony. It then rained for a couple of days and today on inspecting it again, there they were. I don't have a magnifying glass, which makes it difficult to id them. Anyway, they are sort of brown, reddish brown in colour. I mixed some soap in water and thoroughly washed the leaves one by one.

Questions:

- anyone has an idea of which bug it is?

- what else can I do to save my plant? There is new growth by the way.

Any help is wellcome.

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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

It could be scale insects which are that color, although it's difficult to try to ID unless you had a picture of it. You might try alcohol and a q-tip to dab on the bugs. Some plants are sensitive to insecticidal soap if you want to try that (but make sure you read the label).

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 9:19PM
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