Rose Pests

Identifying Garden Pests

Discover which Rose Pests are bugging your rose garden! Identify and eliminate garden bugs such as Japanese beetle, rose beetle, and others. The queen of flowers are among the most prone to a host of pests and diseases.

If you know the most common ones, and can identify them, you can treat the problem before it gets out-of-hand. Don't wait until you notice a bad infestation, and then grab whatever chemical you have on hand to try and be rid of the rose pests!

Pests of Roses Include

  • Insect Pests
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Bacterial Diseases
  • Environmental Problems

It can be very disheartening to discover there is a problem with your rose bushes, especially if you can't seem to figure out what is causing it, and what to do about it.

If you notice something that you simply can't identify, snip off a piece of the problem portion of the plant, and take it to your local garden center or nursery person.

Knowledgeable staff members should be able to help you make an identification of the rose pest. Once you are sure you have the problem identified, make your own personal decision as to what product to use. Keep in mind that the local nursery wants to sell you something, and their harsh chemicals may not be what you want for your garden. I use only Organic, environmentally friendly products in my garden to treat rose pests.

Identify and Eliminate These Garden Bugs

Insect Pests


These tiny insects do damage to the flowers and buds. These little rose pests multiply very quickly! Buds will be deformed, and fail to open.

read more about Thrips

Leafcutter Bee

These little bees are using the leaves to build their nests! They cut out perfect circles or semi-circles from the leaves.

Learn more about the Leafcutter Bee

Rose Slug

These rose pests, look like caterpillars, and are very damaging to your rose garden.
Find out about the Rose Slug

Japanese Beetle

A nasty little beetle that loves to eat roses! Don't let them destroy your garden!

Identify and be rid of the Japanese Beetles

rose pests aphidsAphids


Very tiny, semi-transparent insects are usually green in color, cluster on all parts of the plant. Very common and widespread problem of roses.

look here for more about Aphids

Cane Borers

This caterpillar enters the rose plant through wounds in the plant. Plant growth stops, and canes wilt and die. To be rid of these rose pests, treat the plant: Prune the cane below the infected area and discard it.


These tiny, light colored insects jump quickly when disturbed. They cause a stippling of the leaves, which turn yellow, and eventually curl up and die. Their damage is most often done in the fall.

Get more information about leaf hoppers....

Rose Scale

You will see clusters of round or oval insects that are tiny. They have crusty white, gray, or brown shells, and you will most likely spot them on the canes.

Spider Mites

Very tiny eight-legged spider mites discolor the leaves as they suck the juice from the undersides. As the infestation advances, you will see webbing on the leaves and flower buds. Most problematic when weather is hot and dry.

rose midge and damage

Rose Midges

The tips of the stems are dying and wilted, they appear black.

The buds won't open. See the black and white bug on the top of the stem...... Read more...

Fire Ants

The only organic solution that I know of is to keep pestering them with a steady stream of water from the hose. They don't like this, and will eventually move out of the garden in search of a new home.

There are good bugs & bad bugs... here at we now have beneficial insects available to help you with your gardening! So many to choose from!

E-Book for easy reference!

plant pests e book
For easy identification of garden pests, and solutions to controlling them without chemicals, I recommend this E-Book "Plant Pests Oh My". Written by a certified Horticulturist and xeric gardener, Jacki Cammidge. You'll keep a copy on your desk top and reference it often! Click here to view more details

Fungal Diseases

Blackspot A common fungus that starts with black spots, and soon the leaves turn yellow and fall. More about it Here...

Downy Mildew  Resembles blackspot. A nasty fungal disease that can defoliate the entire bush. More on Downy Mildew..

Powdery Mildew A fungus that looks like white powder on the leaves and new buds. Help preventing and managing this rose fungus Here ..

Rust  Orange colored spores develop on the leaves, causing them to become deformed and drop. More about Rust..

Bacterial Disease

Crown Gall disease produces a large corky growth. More on Grown Gall..


Rose Mosaic Virus  Buy only virus indexed roses to avoid this! Learn more about Rose Mosaic Virus

Rose Rosette One of the symptoms is rampant and uncontrolled growth that resembles a 'witch's broom'  There is no cure, and infected plants usually die within a few years.

More Rose Pests

Cats and Dogs

Cats can be a problem if they use your garden beds for a litter box. If this is the case, try using a more coarser mulch that doesn't remind them of kitty litter.

Dogs can cause havoc if they decide to dig. They especially like digging in freshly dug soil. If you find a dog (yours or the neighbors) peeing on the plants, dilute it as soon as possible by rinsing it off.


Your only defense might be a fence if they are a real problem.


Troublesome as those tunnels are, Moles are serious predators of pest insects. They only come around if you have a serious pest problem, so the key is to balance the bugs and you won't have the moles.

Read enough Rose pests.... read about Fungal problems Rose Disease

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