Needle Scale

Characteristics
Pine Needle Scale are very small insects that covers itself with a hard, scale-like shell that appears as a white spot on needles.

Damage
  • Attacks conifers
  • Can cause yellowing of needles
  • Mostly aesthetic, generally not posing a real threat to the health of the tree in smaller numbers
Control
  • Application of dormant oil in the early spring is the best option
  • Insecticide application will offer some control
  • Manual removal is an option, but in most cases is too labor intensive and time consuming
Signs of damage from Pine Needle Scales