How to Rid an Assault of Aphids on Roses

Garden Insect Pests

aphids on roses

Rid Garden bugs such as aphids on roses, with these organic methods.

These garden insect pests on roses (Aphids) are tiny, soft-bodied insects, that cluster on leaves, stems, and developing buds. These little bugs  are garden pests that do little damage in small numbers, but they are extremely prolific, and populations can rapidly build to damaging numbers.

When the numbers are great, the aphids on roses will cause the plant to be weakened in general, and the infested leaves curl and turn yellow. Flower buds are usually deformed, and fail to open.

These tiny little bug pests use piercing mouth parts to suck fluids from leaves, stem tips, and flower buds. They excrete a sticky substance called honeydew that attracts ants. The oh-so-tiny little common garden pests are a light green color, and cluster together en-mass along the stems, and on the buds. These rose insect pests are especially attracted to new growth.

Don't be fooled by their innocent look!

To rid aphids on roses in the garden:

Blast them off with a stream of water from a hose. (You will have to do this once or twice a day) Don't do it in late afternoon or evening- you want to give the plant time to dry before dark. Focus on the succulent new growth, as the majority of bugs will be found there.  Spray both above and below to get all the aphids on roses.

Use Natural Bug Control by means of Green Lacewings They are excellent predators!

Lacewings are the best all-purpose predator for your garden or greenhouse. The larvae have a ferocious appetite for aphids, mealybugs, immature scales and white flies, thrips, spider mites and other plant pests.

Re-establish the balance of beneficial insects, and make prevention your first line of defense.

Another natural predator is Lady Beetles.

These stay longer in your garden, cleaning up aphids and other common insect pests!

Adult lady beetles and their larvae are an excellent, non-chemical way to control aphids,

Organic Methods of Control

garden insect pests

Apply an anti-fungal agent such as baking soda and horticultural oil, or flowable sulfhur  combined with an antitranspirent as soon as leaves emerge in the Spring.

Sulfur can be applied twice monthly, and baking soda combined with horticultural oil weekly.

Note: You should NOT spray horticultural (or any) oil on the plants in the heat of the day, it is best done early morning, or on a cloudy day.

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Use a safe, Organic Insect Spray, made from insecticidal soap, that kills on contact, but doesn't prevent re-infestation. Using a solution made from two percent horticultural oil has a more long-term effectiveness.

These common rose pests are repelled by; Garlic, dill, fennel,nasturtiums, catnip, coriander, tansy, and marigolds

Easy Citrus Recipe to Kill Aphids

You will need;

1 pint of water

The Rind from 1 lemon (grated)

Cheesecloth or coffee filter

Pump spray bottle


  1. Boil water, then remove from heat.
  2. Add grated lemon rind.
  3. Let the mix steep overnight
  4. Strain using cheesecloth or a coffee filter
  5. Pour into your spray bottle.
  6. Spray the aphids attacking your rose stems! (The solution must come in contact with the insects to work!)

No time to make your own recipes;

Here is a (safe) organic insecticidal soap spray;

Safe Insecticidal Soap Spray icon
insecticidal soap spray

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