Scales are super tiny insects that suck the sap from your plants weakening or killing your plant. They secrete a covering over their tiny body that resemble scales.
Clear out any debris in your garden that is infested.
When they are younger and small in numbers you should be able to simply rub or pick them off with your hands.
Applying neem oil can also be effective. Make sure not to apply the neem oil when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!
You can also use 70% isopropyl alcohol. You can apply this directly on them with a q-tip or a spray bottle if you have a bigger infestation.
Plants to Especially Watch:
- Indoor plants, such as succulents
- Warm climate plants which live in greenhouses
- Tomatoes (bush & vine)