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Pest Information

Lac Insects

Lac Insects

  • Latin Name: Lacciferidae
  • Common Name: Lac Insects
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Lac Insects
Lac Insects
Lac Insects


Some native species occur in North America


Lac insects are scales that are still used to produce fine lacquer for finishes on woodworking, primarily produced in Asian countries. The copious quantities of the wax secreted by the female scale insect is scraped off the branches and then processed to create the lacquer material in dry form.


Lac scale is usually identified by the large and irregular masses of wax adhering to the twigs of shrubs or small trees. The color may range from brown to yellow to orange.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

These insects are generally a curiosity on native plants and no control is needed.

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