Pests and Diseases forum: HELP! with identifying pest on houseplant (white spots/rice-shaped dots)

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Aug 17, 2016 2:16 PM CST
I have some sort of palm plant that lives indoors. Over the couple of days or so these white spots, mostly tiny rice-shaped dots, have appeared on it. It's been losing some leaves over the last weeks. The white spots are almost entirely on the top of the leaf, rather than the underside. I can't tell if it's: scales, mealybug, white spider mites, or greenhouse white fly? Some spots are more round and look like they could be scales, but most are these groupings of the rice-shaped white blobs, some of which look a little fuzzy. No webs. They don't seem to be moving about from what I can tell.
I am by no means a plant expert and am not sure what to do. I see them along the trunk and stem. I've isolated the plant on the balcony for now. I live in Germany, if that's any help, and the plant was bought in a Home Depot type store months ago. Photos attached. Thanks in advance!
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Aug 17, 2016 2:23 PM CST
Welcome! again. Your problem was already identified in the Ask a Question forum. The pests are scale insects, the flat wide ones are female, the grains of rice are males. I think your plant is a dracaena.

Edited to add I don't know what is available to you in Germany as controls but this article from thr RHS in the UK may be helpful:
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Aug 18, 2016 12:51 AM CST
oops thank you! I didn't see my initial post appear there so re-posted in the pests section. Thank you again for your help! Smiling Thank You!

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