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Help Please!! Rhod Crisis!

Hello again Garden Experts!
I noticed my Rhododendron is having a big crisis. Photos attached.
It looks like some insect eggs (not sure what they are) and they attract ants. I have not seen the ants moving the eggs maybe because they attach the rhod stems tightly? 
Please please help me!!! They look really disgusting...

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,310
    Those look like scale insects ... there are several types .... info and advice here

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=224

     :) 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • PageZPageZ Posts: 86
    Thanks to Freddies Dad and Dovefromabove!!! I was hoping the ants will be able to clear them but it does not seem to happen.
    I will give the cotton stick a try tonight. It is just too many of them :s
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  • PageZPageZ Posts: 86
    Hi. Just to bring you an update. I did the soapy water method. The rhod is super clean now. Fingers crossed the scale insects will not fight back. Thanks for the advices!!!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,310
    PageZ said:
     Fingers crossed the scale insects will not fight back. 


    Fingers crossed for that scared
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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