Scale on bay laurel

(Question)

In the house I have a Bay Laurel tree that is about 24″ tall and it’s showing signs of scale. I submerged the plant upside down in a 5 gallon pail with water and detergent and it seemed to get rid of the scale but it appears to be coming back. I don’t want to throw away the plant.Is there any way I can safely get rid of the scale?

(Answer)

For your scale problem, you will need repeat applications of soapy water once  a week for one month to eliminate the scale.  If it continues, I suggest you purchase an insecticidal soap made for indoor plants applying it according to the instructions on the label. Make sure your plant is listed on the product label.