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Q.White Soft, Scale-Looking Infestation of Holly Bushes

Anonymous added on June 19, 2011 | Answered

Our holly bushes have deposits on the undersides of the interior leaves. They are about 1/8 inch long and 1/32 inch wide, white. They are not like the brown scale described in your info. There is no evidence of these deposits on the outside of the plants; we discovered them when we pruned the bushes down. I’m filling out your diagnostic sheet and sending a sample, but how quickly can you tell us what to do. We are worried about other neighboring plants, especially my neighbor’s hollies, which so far are unaffected.

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Answered on June 20, 2011

This is most likely mealy bugs, the scale bug's counterpart. I would treat the plant with neem oil. It is effective against both of these bugs. Here is more information that may help you:

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