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Post Scale on apple?
Good morning, HOS. While on a walk in my garden this morning I noticed these odd silver scale looking things on one twig of my Macintosh apple. I just cut off the twig because it seemed to be the only one affected. But does anyone have any more info on what these are, if they're a serious threat and how to get rid of them?


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Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:58 am
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Location: Yamhill County, Oregon
Post Re: Scale on apple?
Creepy ~ Do they mash like insects? Have heads, feet, or antenna? Or are they eggs? It may be a Mid-west pest …as it doesn’t resemble anything I’ve noticed ‘around here.’

It seems a coating of ‘spray oil’ with some dry weather might suffocate them… I’d haul a sample to an Extension Service Office for analysis, if you’ve any in Ohio. And please let us know what you learn :shock:

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Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:01 pm
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Location: Springfield, OH Zone 6a
Post Re: Scale on apple?
Nope, no discernible head, legs or anything. They wouldn't mash like insects either. But I was able to crack one with my fingernail and it had yellowish-green guts. From an older insect book I looked at, they appear to be some kind of scale.

I just threw away the twig, but if I see them around again, I'll send them to my local extension office and post an update here.


Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:39 pm
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Post Re: Scale on apple?
I saw something really creepy like that last year. I didn't know what it was, so I killed it. Maybe not very sensitive of me.

It moved though. Does scale move away from you when you try to kill it?
John S
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:47 pm
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Post Re: Scale on apple?
Yeah John, I basically did the same thing after observing them. They didn't move at all, but I did read that some scales move when they're in a juvenile stage, but are hardly mobile, or not mobile at all at their adult stage. I went back to the same apple tree I found them on and didn't see any others. I also didn't find any on my nearby currants or sea buckthorn. I'll still be keeping an eye out though and I'll post any discoveries I make along the way.


Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:33 pm
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Post Re: Scale on apple?
Such scales may be due to green larva or leaf eater larva.
Poured some wood ash on affected area . Keep doing for a week.
The scale will reduce automatically.
For more information please visit here.

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Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:06 am
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I liked your post, Nelson, and I found it interesting, but I couldn't find the link.
John S
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Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:39 pm
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Post Re: Scale on apple?
Here is the link http://extension.oregonstate.edu/garden ... ed-caution
I always try to find out natural methods to get rid of pests. I and my elk grove pest exterminator team working on natural insecticides and will soon come up with some new remedies.

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