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Insect Prevention and Treatments for Roses

One of the most common insects or pests that can attack your roses are aphids, followed by cane borers, Japanese beetles and sawfly larvae. There are many solutions for insect prevention and treatments. These can be found at your local garden stores. These insects can be effectively  treated with insecticides and insecticidal soaps. Treat your roses early and on a regular basis, do not wait until insects have moved in.  


These are very common on roses and can become a big problem if not treated. Aphids attach themselves to the top and bottom of leaves and to stems. They weaken rose plants by sucking out the juices from the plant leaving it open for diseases. They can multiply very quickly and spread to other plants. Aphids

To control these insects, use insecticidal soap, they can be purchased at your local garden store, follow the directions on the label. Also water is another treatment to remove these pests, just spray them from your plants with a water hose. Using a more natural approach to rid your plants of these pests is a great idea. Insect eaters, like Ladybugs provide 100% control of aphids, no insecticides to mess with. They fed on aphids and can be released into your garden on a regular basis through May and August.

Cane Borers

These insects bore into the tips of rose canes and cause the tips to wilt. To rid the canes of this insect, cut back the rose cane until you find the insect and kill it. Placing a small amount of vaseline on cane borersthe cut will help prevent diseases from getting into the wound.

Rose Stem Borers

These are adult beetles, that lay eggs in rose canes. The eggs or larvae eat their way around the diameter of a cane, in about a one to two inch area at the bottom of a cane. This causes the cane to swell and the area above the swell to die. To prevent the larvae from surviving, cut the cane to the ground and place vaseline on the cut. Remove and dispose of the infected canes as soon as possible, so the larvae can not mature and lay eggs in other canes. rose stem borers

Japanese Beetles

The Japanese beetle is the most common of the beetles to attack your roses. They will take over a flower and quickly destroy it. When you see a Japanese beetle on a flower it is too late to save that flower, remove it and spot check your other blooms. Use powdered insecticides to kill these beetles. Also killing the beetle larvae using a product called "milky spore" will help control this Japanese Beetleinsect. Some other insecticides like Malathion and Diazinon used on a regular basis at the first sign of these pests will also help. Special Japanese beetle traps can be purchased that release a pheromone to trap and kill them can also be used. Knocking them off your roses by hand into a jar of water to kill them is another way to remove these beetles from your roses.

Sawfly Larvae

These are small green worms that coil themselves into a circle. Controlling these worms can be a bit challenging. Sawfly LarvaeThey will attach themselves to the underside of your rose plants leaves where  sprays do not easily reach them. Two ways to control and treat your  roses for these pests are knocking them off the leaves and stepping on  them or spraying the underside of the leaves with insecticidal soap.

 Always use caution when using insecticides, follow the directions  carefully, and always wear and use protective gear when spraying your  roses. Remember that insecticides are designed to kill insects and can be  harmful to humans.

There are many other insect pest not talked about on this web page. To learn more on other insects that can infest your rose plants visit:

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