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    Pesten 2013 - what are these?

    I have these keep coming back on my N. vogelii and the rubbing alcohol doesn't seem to keep them at bay longer than a week or two despite repeat treatments. Any idea what they are and how to get rid of them for good?

    Sorry these are the best close up pics I can get.





    Thanks for any input!

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    Scale of some kind ?

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    not sure what they are but id think about mixing a neem oil and water mixture and flipping the plant upside down and submerging it. do this a few times spaced 5-7 days apart. i prefer this method over the spray application of neem. none get missed this way

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    I don't think I can dunk this plant, it's about 18" or bigger in diameter but will Neem treat them if they are scale, thrips, aphids or whatever? Should I repot the plant too incase they are in the live moss soil?

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    i think the hard shelled scale are very resistant to neem (and most everything) but the soft scales shouldn't be able to persist if they are treated well. id definitely repot and maybe gently rinse the roots with water just to be safe. these things are aweful.

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    What is hard shelled scale and soft shelled scale? Does that mean old (hard) and young (soft) or different types altogether?

    These things don't move, even when you poke at them.

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    dble post

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    no, hard and soft scales are different beasts


    http://hyg.ipm.illinois.edu/pastpest/200407e.html

    •Soft scales produce a soft, thin, cottony, powdery or waxy layer over themselves that cannot be separated from the insect body. These scale insects often produce copious amounts of honeydew.
    •Armored scales have a hard, shield-like cover composed of shed skins and wax that conceals the body but is not attached to the body of the insect.

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