looks like I have pests on one of my skip laurel. What kind of pests are these and what's the best way to control them? I've heard ladybugs are good ... true? More photos: https://imgur.com/a/avBen0A
Scale; they nearly killed my sweetbay laurel. Three choices that I know of; 1 scrape them off with a finger nail, 2 - apply dormant oil , 3- systemic poison. Dormant oil (aka, baby oil, mineral oil) is bad for green leaves but I wet a rag and wipe stems and twigs. I did not use systemic as I want to use the Bay leaves in cooking. So I cumulatively spent hours scraping off scales with my nail. Looking pretty good so far this year.