Organic Pest Control - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Lawrence Black
Quakertown, PA
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Question by mablack
May 28, 2001
What organic product can be used to rid my Simplicity rose bushes of creatures
that look like grains of rice which are devouring all the leaves? I sprayed the
bushes with soapy water yesterday, but would like some advise. Thank you.

- Mary Ann.

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2001
Based on your description I am not certain which type of pest is at work. If it is a soft bodied aphid (sucking) then insecticidal soap will do the job and the soap will also work on several other common rose pests. If it is a beetle of some sort, then a product containing neem would be the thing to try. If it is a caterpillar-type pest, then use Bt. Alternatively, contact your county extension and have the pest identified for sure and ask them for their control recommendations.

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