How to Treat a Cactus for Scale

Get to know what *Scale bugs look like and how to rid your cactus of these pests. Also see how to check your roots for health. The featured cactus is a Notocactus uebelmannianus, one of my favorite favorites! Lots of macro shots and close ups to get you familiar with this common succulent and cacti pest.

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You’ll need a soft brush, rubbing alcohol, a strong stream of water from a hose, and a pot of fresh dirt to be on the safe side. After repotting a cactus, wait at least 2 weeks before watering to avoid sending it into shock.

*Diaspis echinocacti scale females create small, dark to light brown circular spots with a distinctively raised nucleus. They look like flattened barnacles. The males are extremely small, elongated white crawlers.

(Another type to watch out for is Cochineal scale (Dactylopius coccus) – they are soft-bodied, cottony white, and target Opuntia.)

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