I have a healthy (or so I thought) Pilea plant (Chinese Money), ~6 months old, indoors. Today, I noticed some strange little white dots on its trunk; and, as it turns out, they are moving, and seem to be some sort of larvae. (I'm attaching two pictures of those.)

What are those? Are they dangerous? What should I do?

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It seems like a type of scale, perhaps wax scale. Scale live off plant sap and leave a sticky substance on the plant. I would put the plant in a plastic bag, spray in your favorite pesticide and close up the bag and leave it for a few days(all outside). Check the plant. Repeat if necessary. You may want to replace the soil. Do not put the soil in your garden. Scale can be tricky to kill.

  • Thank you -- I'll look into that asap!
    – Clement C.
    Jun 4, 2019 at 17:36

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