Bug I.D.

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Bug I.D.
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With the winter and spring rains, my mother ferns have been so happy and abundant, but recently I noticed some have been wasting away.  Looking closely I can see an infestation of little brown helmet-like bugs that appear to be the culprit.  Can anyone ID these guys and give me an idea of how I can control them?  My go-to bug spray, Monterey (spinosad) has been ineffective.  Thank you!

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Flicka Aug 03, 2017 09:10 AM
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Thanks for asking and getting good answers. I noticed them on a potted lime tree and didn't know what to do. I scraped a few off but that can't solve my problem. Soapy spray sounds like the solution.

a-1511401836 Aug 02, 2017 07:55 PM
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If they are hard little things that are difficult to dislodge, they are probably scale.

a-1511401836 Aug 02, 2017 06:17 PM
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Scale. Soapy water.

MountainMan4865 Aug 02, 2017 05:01 PM
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I'm thinking scale. They're a pain, but soapy water usually takes care of it, if they're really tough, you can gently use a toothbrush with the soapy water. (The 'soapy' part prevents them from being able to breath.) I would prune the most heavily affected parts.

oceandrew Aug 02, 2017 04:56 PM
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Those look like cysts not bugs but there may be bugs inside.

tagdes Aug 02, 2017 03:29 PM
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Really need a better picture but looks like aphids, so neem oil or insecticidal soap.

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