ROSES and beetles - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Patricia Johnston
Roanoke, VA
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Question by xabcteacher
August 11, 2005
Is there one spray or powder which I can use to rid my roses of all the eating things that devour them? The Japanese beetles are eating the newly formed buds and leaves especially. Is there anything that will keep my roses from being eaten alive?

Answer from NGA
August 11, 2005
The Japanese beetles are awful pests, especially on roses, sadly the rose is one of their favorite plants. Some gardeners have success using a spray containing neem as a repellent. Otherwise you can handpick them early or late in the day when they are less active, and certainly avoid using the pheromone traps which attract more than usual to the vicinity. You can also try treating them at the grub stage with milky spore or beneficial nematodes. Your local county extension may have additional control suggestions. Good luck with your roses!

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