Scale on Cattleya leaf
Soft Scale hiding
under sheath on psuedobulb
Scale looks like tiny brown bumps measuring about
in diameter. You can easily spot their shells on the undersides of
leaves or lined up along the stem. Once
they find a suitable spot, they stick
their mouth into a leaf or stem, tuck their legs under and start builds
a new protective shell.
Scratch with your
use a knife and it will pop free. Insects
live under these shells and feed on your plant while
laying eggs for future generations.
scale resembles a white powdery
substance usually found on the underside of leaves or down in the
crevices between the leaves.
mealy bugs, scale secrete a sticky "honeydew" substance that gives the
leaves (and pots) a shiny look. This could be the first sign of trouble
that you'll see. "Honeydew" attracts mold and ants.
scale are protected by armored shells, they
may be difficult to eradicate. For light infestations:
Dislodge the shells with a soft brush (or your fingernail)
Spray plant thoroughly with Neem Oil. Make sure you get underside of
leaves and between psuedo bulbs.
Repeat process 3 times whether you see more insects or not.
Give plants a soapy shower every couple of months.