The scale seems to be most destructive when plants are stressed from lack of water or hot direct sun. This is especially evident when the Crotons have been recently planted.
The insect infestation can be difficult to spot at first, blackened branches and defoliation are usually the first signs of trouble. When the leaves start dropping, the outbreak is already quite severe.
Once the insect has become established it quickly spreads to other plants in the area, and will kill most Crotons if left untreated.
Scale Treatment suggestions are available from the UF IFAS Extension website, or contact your garden pest control professional.
This video lists 70 species of plants which are affected by Croton Scale.
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Creating a budget is an important part of planning your landscaping project. “Everyone has a budget so it’s important to figure out what is important,” says Risa Edelstein, president of the Ecological Landscaping Association. “Focus on the functions or areas you’re going to use the most or which are driving you crazy and need to fix immediately.”