Meyer Lemon Trees
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Scale and mealy bugs on potted citrus trees

Zone 64504 | Anonymous added on March 2, 2019 | Answered

I have a potted variegated Meyer lemon tree. It has what appears to be mealy bugs although I was told it's actually soft scale. Neem oil didn't work. Would dormant oil work better? Any suggestions, I don't want to give up my trees. Thank you, S. Smith

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 3, 2019

Once they seal themselves on, the only good way to remove them is to scrape them with your fingernail, or a knife, without hurting the bark of the tree. Then you can spray the neem oil to keep them away from the tree. It can be difficult to kill these hard-shelled creature, except by physical removal. But you can keep them from the plant.

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