Is this scale damage on a Japanese maple

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Date Photo Taken: 09/23/2012
Location: Cumming, GA
Posted By: treelodge

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I noticed a few days ago that 3 of my 5 Japanese maples are losing leaves focally in some areas while looking okay in other areas on the same tree. I also noticed these spots that at first I thought were “normal” bark changes, but I started to wonder. Is this scale insect damage? Each of these tiny spots is less than 1 mm in diameter. If it is, how best to treat since this is September?

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