rose pests - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Liza Lim
mohegan lake, Ne
Question by kutikutitap2
May 8, 2010
hi experts! I have 5 rose plants in my garden. all of them except one (far from the rest) have I believe, aphids (lime green, leaves curl) & maybe other pests. My hibiscus is also affected by these pests. I am thinking of either buying ladybugs or applying pyrethrum (I read this n internet). where can I buy ladybugs or pyrethrum? how much & does home depot have them? any other suggestions? thanks

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010


Bonide?s Total Pest Control product provides excellent, long-lasting control of problem insects around buildings, in turf, on ornamentals, on vegetables, fruit, shrubs, and trees. The active ingredient is a pyrethroid type insecticide called Permethrin (13.3%). This product is in concentrated form so 5.4 oz. makes up to 40 gallons of spray. A neem oil based product is also effective. It's a naturally derived product (from neem trees) and works well against insects as well and providing some disease control on roses. Rose Defense is one such neem oil based product and your can also use it on your hibiscus. Ladybugs can sometimes be purchased at garden centers but can also be purchased online from Gardener's Supply and other organic suppliers.

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