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What king of insect is this and how can I get rid of it?


My Aurelia tree has a dark red bug/fungus that keeps growing on it. The bug/fungus looks like tiny dark red dots that sometimes have a white ring around them. I find it on both the tops and bottoms of the leaves, and on the stems. A gardener came and has been putting insecticide spray on it for a few months, but the bug keeps coming back. Can anyone tell me what kind of insect this is and how I can get rid of it?

Here's an image of the whole plant and some close-ups of the bug.



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,252
    scale insect. Dab a cotton bud in meths and rub it over them
  • @Hostafan1
    thank you! What is meths?
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,535
    Meths is methylated spirit. A type of alcohol used for cleaning and fuel. Personally I can't stand the smell and it lingers in the house so I use surgical spirit instead.
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 631
    We use gin.....
  • Meths works well for me but I always rinse off the foliage with water.

    Helix said:
    We use gin.....

    I don't like Gin but does it work and is it cheaper than Meths ? :)

  • I think I'll stick with the meths - I've still got half a bottle left :)
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 631
    I don’t like gin, and was given a bottle many years back so reckon I might as well use it for somethimg.
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