Description of the Pest
The protective covering over armored scales is produced by molted skins and secretions from the scale. Unlike soft scales, the protective covering can be lifted off the body of the armored scale. High populations of these sucking insects give plant stems a crusty appearance. The first nymphal instar is called a crawler and has functional legs, while the remaining instars are attached to the leaf and do not move. Unlike soft scales, armored scales do not produce honeydew. Most armored scales have several generations a year.
Along with the unsightly encrustations that are the bodies of the immobile scales, these scales inject toxic saliva that causes plants to decline.
Prune out and discard heavily infested plant parts. Exclusion of windblown crawlers can be accomplished by covering openings to the greenhouse with fine mesh screens.
Monitoring and Treatment Decisions
Carefully inspect new plants being brought into the production area to ensure that they are free of scales and other pests. Treat infested plants.
Visual inspection of plants will help locate infestations and may permit localized treatments of hot spots. Treatment is generally warranted when scales are present. Optimum treatment timing is when crawlers are active; however, when there are overlapping, multiple generations, crawlers may emerge over a lengthy time, making multiple applications necessary.
Selected Materials Registered for Use on Greenhouse or Nursery Ornamentals
Read and follow the instructions on the label before using any pesticide. Before using a pesticide for the first time or on a new crop or cultivar, treat a few plants and check for phytotoxicity. Also consider pesticide resistance management and environmental impact.
|Class||Pesticide (commercial name)||Manufacturer||REI1||Mode of action2||Comments|
(PT Pyrethrum TR)
|insect growth regulator||A.||pyriproxyfen
|Valent||12||3||Do not apply more than 2 times per cropping cycle or per 6 months. Do not use through any type of irrigation system in California.|
|Wellmark||4||7A||Apply prebloom. Also labeled for low volume use.|
|oil4||A.||clarified hydrophobic extract of neem oil#
|OHP||4||un||Do not spray plants under stress. Target pest must be completely contacted with spray. Check label for list of plants that can be treated. May cause injury to flowers.|
(JMS Stylet Oil)
Use as above for neem oil. Also, do not use with sulfur fungicides; check label for tank mix restrictions.
|Valent||24||1B||A number of chrysanthemum varieties have exhibited phytotoxic reactions. In greenhouses only labeled for use on anthurium, cacti, carnation, rose, orchids, some foliage plants, young poinsettia, and some varieties of chrysanthemum. Can stunt new growth in roses. Do not use through any type of irrigation system.|
(PT 1300 Orthene TR)
|Whitmire MicroGen||24||1B||An aerosol for greenhouse use only.|
|various||12||1B||Not for greenhouse use.|
|OHP||12||3||Label permits low-volume application.|
|Wellmark||12||3||Label permits low-volume application. Also labeled as a cutting dip at 5 fl oz/100 gal.|
|1||Restricted entry interval (REI) is the number of hours (unless otherwise noted) from treatment until the treated area can be safely entered without protective clothing.|
|2||Rotate chemicals with a different mode-of-action Group number, and do not use products with the same mode-of-action Group number more than twice per season to help prevent the development of resistance. For example, the organophosphates have a Group number of 1B; chemicals with a 1B Group number should be alternated with chemicals that have a Group number other than 1B. Mode of action Group numbers are assigned by IRAC (Insecticide Resistance Action Committee).|
|3||PBO = piperonyl butoxide|
|4||Note that single doses of soaps or oils can be used at anytime in a pesticide rotation scheme without negatively impacting resistance management programs.|
|5||Check with certifier to determine which products are organically acceptable.|
|*||Restricted use material. Permit required for purchase or use.|
|#||Acceptable for use on organically grown ornamentals.|