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Danelle
What can I use to treat San Jose scale and what looks like tiny red mites, on my ornamental pear tree leaves?

Submitted: 11:36PM, 07 Nov 2013
Answer: Hi Danelle
San Jose Scale on pears should be treated with PestOil during their dormant period up to green tip stage. Apply the PestOil thoroughly to the trunk, branches and twigs. Pay special attention to cracks in the bark and spray right to ground level. You may need to apply twice during the winter period if the infestation is high.

Red spider mite is usually visible underneath the leaves but they are so tiny that they are just visible to the unaided eye. There is usually a quantity of fine webbing associated with this pest. This pest does feed on fruit trees as well as ornmental trees causing a faint yellow mottling on the upper surface. Premature leaf-fall weakens the tree and reduces quantity and quality of the crop. You might like to try spraying Nature’s Way Insect & Mite Killer, Natrasoap underneath the leaves to suffocate and kill off this pest.

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