How to Get Rid of Bugs on a Rose Bush


Roses are popular in almost any landscape. Known for their beauty and in some species, their scent, roses are easy to grow but are also susceptible to diseases and pests. The most common problem that effects rose bushes is insects, especially aphids, which are also called greenflies. Spider mites are another common insect pest on rose bushes. It is easy to rid your beautiful roses of these and other common bugs without hurting the roses themselves.

Step 1

Aim a strong stream of water at bugs to knock them off the plant if you only have a few bugs on your roses.

Step 2

Mix up a non-toxic spray to battle more than the occasional bug on your rose bush. Toxic insecticides can harm the natural predators of aphids and spider mites, such as lady beetles.

Step 3

Place three tablespoons of dried Chrysanthemum cinerariefolium in 16 ounces of water. Slowly warm the water until it is hot but not boiling.

Step 4

Remove the pot from the heat and let the water cool. Strain the dried flowers out of the water and pour the water into a spray bottle or pressure sprayer.

Step 5

Thoroughly spray the effected rose bushes, including the underside of the leaves. In a week, the aphids and other pests should be gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle or pressure sprayer
  • One or two pounds of dried Chrysanthemum Cinerariefolium.
  • Pot and stove
  • Fine strainer


  • University of California: Roses: Insects and Mite Pests
  • Roses in Gardens: An Organic Spray for Pests

Who Can Help

  • University of California: Aphids Management Guidelines
Keywords: get rid of bugs, rose bushes, insect pests

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.