Armored Scales are very small, and sometimes, they are difficult to detect. There are many different species of them, and their appearance varies by species. They are generally about 1-2mm in length, and they are often white, gray, or brown.
Armored Scales attach themselves to a plant, and cover themselves with a waxy substance, called a scale cover. The cover is not attached to the Armored Scale, so if the waxy substance is removed, then the Scale can be found underneath it. Once settled, the Armored Scale does not move, and stays under the waxy substance, in order to feed on the plant.
Armored Scales are attracted to a variety of plants, including ornamental trees and shrubs, and other plants that are often found in landscaped areas, or in nurseries. They tend to attach to plants, shrubs, or trees that are already weakened in some way, and their presence will weaken the plant even further. Signs of an Armored Scale infestation might be noticed by a plant that is in distress, because the Armored Scales will suck the fluids from the plant, shrub, or tree. If not noticed early enough, the Armored Scales can kill the plant.
Insecticides are effective for treating Armored Scales, as well as several natural remedies, that may be of interest to you.
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