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Star Apple pests and diseases

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Andrew starts with ...
Gday peoples,

Has anyone tried growing star apples and noticed little hard shelled,(though easily squashed between the fingers) coverings on leaves??I am guessing it may be the left over of some sort of egg/larvae protection maybe scale or something-I have kept a close eye on it and haven't treated it yet though now i will be as it has slowly started to creep to my Longan.

Both are in pots and beside one another-I have little holes in leaves where whatever it is has been and left behind.I am just curious to know if anyone has had or has a condition similar to this??

There are the presence of ants and doesn't appear to have aphids or the presence of any kind of sooty mould.
They are very sporadic and not a big covering at all.
If needs be ill post some pics and see what we can dig up.

I am thinking a nice white oil bath will hopefully do the job and sort it out, then aim to clear the ants out too!!

Any feedback would be very appreciative thanks
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peter says...
if those hard shelled things are black
fairly shinny and half round but slightly elongated then it sounda like they are scale.
if you squash them and nothing comes
out then they are dead and hollow.
if they are alive you can flip them over
with a razor blade and see their legs.
if they are scale then the white oil
should get rid of them.
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Andrew says...
Hey Peter,

I thought that might be the case-Ive only ever seen the empty "shells" so to speak-i will give the white oil a hit and see what happens when it stops raining.

Cheers Pete

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