Beetles on Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Colton, NY
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Question by budmankathy
June 25, 2001
How do I get rid of the Japanese beetles that are eating my rose blooms? They seem to prefer my rugosa rose bush.

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2001
Beetles such as Japanese beetles on roses can usually be repelled by using a neem-based spray according to directions. Handpicking is also effective but a bit time-consuming; it works best in early morning or evening when the beetles are moving slowly. On the other hand, rugosa roses are very sturdy plants and I would not expect a beetle attack to kill the plant. You might decide that the damage is "acceptable" and not do anything about it except ignore it.

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