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Toronto, Canada (Zone 5a)
HeathJam
Jun 15, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Is this really scale on my espaliered pear?
Will dawn dish soap diluted help to suffocate it?
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2020 5:06 PM CST
HeathJam said:Is this really scale on my espaliered pear?


Yes, that is a scale insect.

HeathJam said:
Will dawn dish soap diluted help to suffocate it?


No, dish soap will only make it cleaner. Smiling

About the only way to get rid of scale is to manually remove them or use a systemic (but don't eat any fruit until next season).
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Toronto, Canada (Zone 5a)
HeathJam
Jun 15, 2020 6:42 PM CST
Ok Thanks. I will try manually.
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2020 6:46 PM CST
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ctcarol
Jun 15, 2020 8:16 PM CST
Unless you use pure soap,( not Dishwashing detergent) it will have no affect on most insects. The ingredient that works in soap is the fatty acid that will break down the protective coating . Detergents don't have that.

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