White Spit Like Stuff - Knowledgebase Question

Burlingame, CA
Question by staciemj
April 29, 2000
What is the white spit like stuff at the base of the buds on my rose bushes?

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2000


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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