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Dealing with Scale this time of year?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Shady Brook, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Any suggestions for dealing with scale at this time of the season? I am seeing scale, but not really active crawlers. I am not sure if a product like talstar, or even hort oil will be of benifit at this time. Any sage advice?

    Thanks
    Jay
     
  2. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    I used Talstar F mixed with hort oil at a summer rate to control scale, with good success at this time last year.
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    You can use hort. oil, just be careful with high temps! You can also use Malathion.
     
  4. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    I believe Merit used as a soil drench is also effective.
     
  5. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    Merit in a drench will solve it fer sure.

    Cheaper would be talstar and the lowest rate of oil. I use a quart or so in 100 gals of H2O with my talstar and bayleton.
     
  6. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 208

    Hort. oil and Merit. Spray all leaves and branches and drench the roots. Follow-up in 14 days.
     
  7. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    What is the function of the hort oil? Is it some sort of sticking agent or something?

    Thanks,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    The oil will suffocate them
     
  9. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    Too hot for oil right now. 102 today. I sprayed them with Talstar a few days ago. I'm beginning to think the scale are dead but they're just stuck to the leaves. I guess they don't just automatically fall off the plant when they die.

    How do you tell if the scale are alive or dead?

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  10. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    pinch the scale with your fingernail if it oozes its alive. on the sagos I have treated I use a water hose to blast off the dead scale.
     

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