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Horse chestnut scale insect

Symptoms

Little damage is done to the host plant, but the insects can look unsightly. They suck sap from plants and produce honeydew, which can encourage sooty mould to develop. It's more of a problem in urban areas where temperatures are higher.

Find it on: horse chestnuts, magnolias, cornus, bay, lime and acer trees.
Time to act: May-September

Overview

The horse chestnut scale insect was first found in the UK in the late 1960s, having come over from southern Europe. It is now widespread and common in the south of the UK and Ireland, and is spreading northwards. Mature, adult horse chestnut scale insects are up to 5mm long and can be found on the main trunk and branches. They drop off in summer, leaving white clusters of eggs.


Solution

Little damage is done to the host plant, but the insects can look unsightly. They suck sap from plants and produce honeydew, which can encourage sooty mould to develop. It's more of a problem in urban areas where temperatures are higher.

Organic

Scrape the eggs off by hand and move them to an alternative tree, or destroy them.

Chemical

Spray with an insecticide containing deltamethrin in midsummer.



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gail255963 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i have just found the answer to a problem i have had for a good few years on my acer trees!!!

gardeners world has answered my question the bugs are the HORSE CHESTNUT SCALE INSECT!!!

Each year i just hose them off, is this an ok solution? i don't really like to use chemicals.

Thankyou for the information
kind regards
gail b