Oleander Scale

Oleander Scale Control

Aspidiotus nerii

Oleander Scale is an armored scale that attacks oleander, orchid vine, palm, peach, olive, pear, and ivy. They damage plants by injecting toxins into the plant, generally via the leaves, which causes delayed maturity and deformed fruit. They don't usually cause economic damage. Females lay eggs underneath their armor, and crawlers hatch. The adult female is 2.5 mm long and oval shaped with a yellowish body. The adult male is elongate with a brownish yellow body.

The best methods of controlling armored scale is by using beneficial insects. Generalists that work include Ladybugs and Green Lacewing. Specialist beneficial insects that are effective include Aphytis melinus and the Purple Scale Predator, Lindorus lophanthae.

For control products and more information please see our Scale Control page.

Photo courtesy of: United States National Collection of Scale Insects Photographs Archive, USDA ARS, Bugwood.org

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