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Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 6, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8612190

Are these aphids? If not, are they harmful? Should I spray something?

Thanks!
Jeannie

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bungalow1056
Winston-Salem, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 6, 2011
6:31 AM

Post #8612305

Those little webs suggest spider mites. I would spray with an insecticidal soap or a rose care product. Insecticidal soap is easy to make if you don't have a prepared product. Just mix one teaspoon of dish detergent in a gallon of water.

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 6, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8612393

Wow - I did not even notice the webs! I will try the soap. Thanks!
bungalow1056
Winston-Salem, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 6, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8612410

No problem! Those little specks at the base of the bud look like they might be aphids. You probably have both. I am plagued by both of them in early to mid-spring unless I treat/spray. The soap will work on the aphids too. Go git 'em ;)
toni5735
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8613027

I had the same critters on my new mini roses. I bought some Ortho Rosepride spray and one dose cleared it up.

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 6, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8613074

I should be able to treat the infected plant tonight. I also have three other rose bushes nearby. Should I also treat them, even though I have not witnessed any infestation?
GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8613214

The green things are definitely aphids. Ick. I hate those little sap suckers. I wash them off with soapy water and a paper towel before spraying.
Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2011
12:12 PM

Post #8636621

The slightly out-of-focus insects at the base of the rose bud are aphids. Aphids grow quite rapidly and, in the manner of snakes and caterpillars, must shed their skins a few times in their development. That is what the 'white' creatures on the bud are...the skin that has been shed. A high pressure spray from a garden hose (not as strong as a pressure washer) will take care of the problem if done a couple of times a week. The water spraying will also help against spider mites.

Bob

Jeannie63

Jeannie63
Mequon, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 19, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8640914

Thanks for the information, Bob. Good to know!

I haven't seen any more aphids since I sprayed them a few weeks ago.
victorengel
Austin, TX

July 5, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8673401

Those webs don't look like spider mite webs. The green things are aphids. The white things are the shed skins of aphids.

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