Identifying Bugs on Roses?

Identifying Bugs on Roses - bug in center of red roseCan you tell me what bug is on this rose? Thanks.


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October 10, 20170 found this helpful
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Roses can be a happy place for several types of bugs but most respond to home-made sprays.

  • Usually a soap spray is all that is needed to rid your roses of most common bugs.
  • Soap Spray Mix ½ teaspoon mild dish soap and 1 teaspoon cooking oil in a 1-quart sprayer filled with water. Spray liberally over entire plant.
  • Here is an excellent site that has instructions for several DIY sprays for keeping roses healthy.
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October 5, 20170 found this helpful

It could be a rose borer. Spray with insecticidal soap.

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October 6, 20170 found this helpful

Maybe a rose aphid.

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October 6, 20170 found this helpful

Identifying bugs on your rose plants.

  • Aphids are bugs that appear on rose plants very early in the season. They normally appear on the plant before the first roses do. The aphids will suck the juices out of your plant and leave it looking alive with movement. Aphids will produce a honeydew substance that attracts ants. If you see your stems turing black this is normally ants running up and down the stems of the plants.
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  • There are two different types of inchworms that live on and attack roses. You have the fall inchworm and the spring inchworm. Considering you are going into fall this could be the bug you are seeing on your rose plants now.
  • Sawfly larvae also attacks rose plants. These look like caterpillars, but there aren't. They are normally 1/2 long and move like a worm inchworm on the plant.
  • Cottony Cushion Scale will lay eggs on the stems of your rose plants. When the eggs hatch in early spring the young will move up and down the stem of the plant looking for a place to attach themselves and start sucking.
  • Here is a good guide and pictures of different bug that attack and live on rose plants.
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October 13, 20170 found this helpful

Green bug on roses.

Step 1
It is probably a rose aphid they are very common on roses.

Step 2
They suck sap from leaves and flowers.

Step 3
It usually does not kill a rose plant, but they make roses not look nice, from mess they leave behind.


Step 4
Insecticidal soap sprays work well.

Step 5
Sometimes all you need is to spray them with the hose.

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