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Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.

Scale Insect Prevention

By DoMyOwn staff

Learn How to Make Your Plants Unfriendly to Scale Insects

No one wants to find scale insects taking over their yard, so what can you do to keep them away in the first place? This page provides some ideas to help you make your garden or ornamental plants less welcoming to these tiny pests.

Treat Plants with an Insecticide Root Drench

Most scale insects have a preferred type of host plant that they will attach themselves to and feed off of for the rest of their lives. If you know that scale pests are common to such a plant on your property, applying a systemic root drench of an appropriate insecticide can offer significant protection against future infestation by sneaky scale insects of the same type.

Separate Plants that May Host Scale Insects

It may not always be practical with shrubs and ornamentals used as landscaping elements that could suffer from scale infestation, but in the case of potted plants or smaller ornamentals that can be moved, giving potential host plants some space away from other plants on your property can help to minimize the spread of scale insects.

Carefully prune away any branches that appear to be fully infested if other treatments have not worked to reduce scale insect presence on these plants. Be sure to dispose of any such clippings immediately, and do not use these pieces for compost.

Thanks for reading our Scale Insects Guide! If you are not sure if you have scale, our guide on scale insects in the United States will help you make a positive identification. Our Scale Inspection Guide will help you examine your plants for these hard-to-spot pests, and how to get rid of scale insects covers our recommended treatment options.

If you have any further questions about scale insects or the products mentioned in this guide, give our customer service team a call at 866-581-7378 or email

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