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Name: Honey
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honeyx4
Aug 20, 2017 12:58 PM CST
I found this all over my zinnia plants today. I got a squirt bottle with a little soap and got as many off as possible. I'm pretty sure the zinnia have some sort of fungus, the leaves are always spotted and turning brown. The zinnia grow like crazy in my yard and I hate to pull them all up because the butterflies and bees love them.

Is this scale and what can I safely use.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 20, 2017 1:11 PM CST
It's not scale, they are lace bugs. If you can keep after them with the insecticidal soap that might be sufficient. Zinnias are rather prone to fungal leaf spots, unfortunately, some kinds are more susceptible than others.
Name: Honey
9a (Zone 9a)
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honeyx4
Aug 20, 2017 1:34 PM CST
Thank you. Thank you. That's an easy solution. I didn't spray the flower tops just the stem and leaves so as not to disturb the good bugs too much.
I don't even plant zinnia, it just grows on its own. I'm trying garlic spray also.

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