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

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 23, 2018 5:27 PM CST

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.
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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May 24, 2018 1:48 PM CST
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!
Central Alabama
May 24, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Thank you both so much!!

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