Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Scale insects: should I do something about them?

 
gardener & author
Posts: 1678
Location: Ladakh, Indian Himalayas at 10,500 feet, zone 5
266
trees food preservation solar greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Agck, I found some scale insects on our apricot trees. Tiny bark-colored hard-shelled blobs that I can scrape off, or squish with a stick. Ants are interested in them. It's not a heavy infestation now, but should I be worried? Should we do something about it or let it be?
 
Posts: 72
Location: Edmonton Alberta
10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
A couple possible solutions come to mind:

More Permaculture: Plant more guild/insectary plants around the tree and wait for natural predators to arrive, and/or for for the guild plants to enhance the tree's health & resistance to the scale.

Strandard Horticulture: Spray dormant oil.

I don't know how apricots are in your area, but if I had a similar problem I would probably just wait for the predators... apricots are incredibly tough here in Kamloops.
 
Rebecca Norman
gardener & author
Posts: 1678
Location: Ladakh, Indian Himalayas at 10,500 feet, zone 5
266
trees food preservation solar greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We've never sprayed anything like dormant oil so I guess we'll just watch and wait, and I pick off the little barnacles as much as I can though parts of the trees are too high to reach. It's not a really intense infestation (yet) so I hope it just adjusts into the natural balance of things. Apricots are very hardy around here.

Do scale insects damage fruit or only weaken the tree?
 
Lasagna is spaghetti flavored cake. Just like this tiny ad:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!