No, I’m pretty sure it’s not a winning combination. For now, however, it’s what we’ve got. Ugh.
We had a major infestation last summer, with little to do for it while the tree was blooming. I pruned close to 30% of the branches, removing the worst of the infestation. Then, we waited.
Early this year, while the tree was dormant, I worked at removing all traces of the pest. Once I’d scraped away the hard scale, I took a bucket of warm soapy water, and wiped down every single branch, removing the black, sooty scale as well. I checked the tree the following day, removing what I’d missed.
They’re back! The infestation isn’t *as* bad, but it’s back nonetheless.
The interesting turn of events is the snails. I counted six or seven of them as I inspected the tree. I was momentarily hopeful. Could it be that this garden pest would actually snack on the scale?
Nope! My research tells me they eat fruit, leaves, even paper, but not scale. Boo!
If you’re looking for pet snails, these are free for the asking. Time to move on to plan C.