The Q&A Archives: White Spit Like Stuff

Question: What is the white spit like stuff at the base of the buds on my rose bushes?

Answer: Sounds like your roses are playing host to spittle bugs. These tiny little critters feed on the juices of the stems and leaves, protecting themselves from predators by manufacturing a foamy froth to hide their bodies. You can hose them off your plants with a strong stream of water.

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