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by Dee Dee on January 24, 2006 09:49 PM
I hope some one can help me with this problem. I have an Acer (?) palm about 3 feet tall. It appears to be 'dripping' a sticky substance. I don't see any obvious signs of insects, etc.... Some of the fronds are turning brown also. I don't know if this is related to the sticky stuff or a consequence of the change in conditions (ie. heat on in the house, difference in light during the winter, etc). Any ideas?
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Dee Dee
by Buglady on February 05, 2006 12:13 PM
It sounds like either you have a soft scale (or less likely aphids) The scale as it feeds exudes a clear sticky substance that drips to the lower leaves and onto the floor. It is a common problem with soft scale insects.

The scale maybe green and hard to see. Scales are best controlled with horticultural oil.

As far as pests, areca's usually only get spider mites and scale. There are a few disease issues but they do not cause a sticky substance to form.

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