Mon, 19 Mar 2007 09:58:23 PDT
We have scale also and it is extremely hard to get off.  Hand picking  each 
one does work and is messy and very time consuming.  A blast of water  may work 
before they make the shells that are attached to the plant.  There  are 
several kinds of scale and maybe Carlos has a different scale than we  have.  We 
have more than one kind.  I think many people on this list  don't realize what a 
problem snails and slugs can be either.  I can pick up  over 100 in a 30 
minute time frame and keep doing this all day long in bright  sunlight and there 
are still more.  So when people talk about just hand  picking those, they 
obviously live in areas that do not have so many.  We  work on controlling them 
every year, all year long.
Carolyn in Los Gatos where we are constantly dealing with snails  and slugs.

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