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Soft Brown Scale

Name: Soft Brown Scale

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Coccidae


Brown soft scale is probably the most frequently encountered scale on plants indoors. Infestations of brown soft scale can become so heavy as to encrust the stems and petioles of their host plant. They also settle on leaves, usually along midribs and occasionally on the fruit.


Brown soft scale has been reported feeding on hundreds of different plants. It can survive on most greenhouse plants, but seems to prefer perennials over annuals. Ferns are a favored host.

Method of Travel:

Immatures: Crawling
Adults: Immobile


  • The lady beetle (bug) is a soft scale predator.

Steps to control:

  • Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down products.