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May 23, 2018 4:47 PM CST
Central Alabama
I am a first time rose gardener and ny roses are infested. What is on them ans how do I get rid of?

Thanks!
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May 23, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Welcome!

They are insects called thrips. Usually thrips would need a systemic inseciticide labeled for thrips but you may get more specific advice in the Roses Forum. I'm going to put in a request to move your question there.
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May 24, 2018 1:48 PM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Welcome to the Forum!! Sooby certainly identified the problem and the cure is simple. Firstly, they usually attack light or white colored roses. Just buy a bottle of Safers (or other brand of insecticidal soap) and spray buds in early morning. Note: There are a million home-made spray suggestions for duplicating Insecticidal soap, some lethal to the rose! First time? Just buy one, but spray early in the morning. No question with the diagnosis, but if you want to make certain, take a diseased rose bloom and tap it over a piece of white paper. Presto! Cheers!
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May 24, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Central Alabama
Thank you both so much!!
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