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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
Please click map for more detailed map and driving directions.

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Question: What is this on my citrus and why are ants always around
these things?

Answer: The structures on the limbs are scale insects which are
sucking the sap from the tree and should be eliminated by spraying with
a summer oil spray or Neem Oil Spray. The ants tend to the "herd" of
scales (usually brown soft scale), moving the younger (mobile ones) to
new areas to feed, and protecting all of them from predators. Not
surprisingly, there is very little sooty mold (black substance on leaf
surface) associated with these scales because the ants keep the honeydew
(excrement or secretions of the sucking insects) pretty well cleaned