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What is it?

Noticed this on a tree in my garden.  Don't know if there's any connection but the chap over the fence has chickens.  Most obliged if anyone can tell what it is.

Many thanks

Charliep

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,834

    Closer view would help, but it looks liky Oyster scale, or some sort of scale insect. Nothing to do with chickens though.

  • CharliepCharliep Posts: 3

    Thanks for quick reply.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,422

    I noticed this on my standard bay the other day - it wiped off easily and I washed the trunk down.  No sign of anything else happening to it at the moment but I'm keeping my eye on it.

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







  • CharliepCharliep Posts: 3
    Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    I noticed this on my standard bay the other day - it wiped off easily and I washed the trunk down.  No sign of anything else happening to it at the moment but I'm keeping my eye on it.


    Did you use any special fluid?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,834

    If those are the only ones, then wipe over the trunk with Methylated spirits.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,422

    I didn't use anything special - just wiped them off with a damp JCloth (they came off easily) and then washed it down with the hose.  I'm keeping a very close eye on it as it's a gorgeous standard bay I grew from a cutting and I'm very proud of it.image

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







  • Its common scale insect  which is easily treated by wiping over the affected branches with meths on a cloth.  Bay trees/acers are common hosts. If too many spray with provado systemic insecticide.

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