Pests - Knowledgebase Question

North Port, Fl
Question by only4kiki
June 18, 2010
I have a rose bush that something likes both the buds and leaves. It is eating perfect holes in the the leaves and the flowers themselves. I have been through it thoroughly and the only thing I found was a little green grasshopper. Could he be the culprit? And if so, how do I stop him, organically.

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2010


Lots of insects, from leaf cutter bees to caterpillars will feed on rose leaves. The grasshopper may feed on the leaves, but they usually make ragged holes. A neem oil based insecticide will control most leaf eating pests. Try a product such as Rose Defense on your rose bush. It has some residual effect and it will also help prevent fungal diseases. Best wishes with your rose bush.

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