Start Managing the 2019 Magnolia Scale Population Now

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice advising homeowners that magnolia scale females have recently given birth to live young, and these tiny, dark crawlers have ventured out to feed on twigs. When the magnolia scale population is high, the resulting excess honeydew attracts insects harmful to the trees.

Now, and again in fall, employ insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to control the generation that’s emerging now.