insect eating rose bush leaves - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tdavis907
June 30, 2010
I have 2 'knock out' roses. both have 'lace pattern' holes in their leaves from something eating them. I don't see any insect on the plants. What is the problem and what do you recommend to fix it?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Lots of insects can damage rose leaves. Most common are beetles, caterpillars and leaf cutting bees. Without knowing which insect is the culprit, it's hard to make a recommendation. Sometimes simply hosing off the plants with plain water is enough to make the pests scurry away. If this doesn't work, you can use a broad spectrum product such as the neem oil based Rose Defense. It also protects against some diseases so it might be worth a try. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Hope this does the trick!

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