Sticky Stuff on Schefflera Plant is Scale

I have a schefferlera I believe, tall tree like plant. I have many outdoor porch plants that I bring in during the winter months. The problem is this plant gets a sticky residue on the floor around it and I get annoyed and put it in the garage. It is nice enough looking to keep inside but don’t like the sticky spray from the plant. I always use a granular pesticide in the soil before I bring them inside and also clean the leaves or spray with a plant pesticide. What am I doing wrong?


The sticky stuff on your Schefflera Plant is the residue left by the houseplant pest called Scale. Soft Brown Scale is the most common scale that attacks indoor houseplants especially ficus, ivy, spider plants, ferns, aralia, and schefflera. It appears as small bumpy brown spots that appear to move. As the scale sucks on the sap of the plant it secretes a sticky substance called honeydew. The honeydew attracts black mildew. Because of the shell-like exterior, sprays are only partially effective against scale. Wipe off the lines of brown oval bumps with your finger, a cloth, or a child’s toothbrush then spray the plant with Neem Oil. Use the green solution to clean off the black mildew. You read about Neem Oil and how to make the Green Solution in the Glossary of the website. Here is a picture of what Scale looks like.

Brown Scale bumps