How to Get Rid of Aphids From Rose Bushes

Overview

After all of the effort you put into planting and pruning a rose bush, a colony of aphids can come along and wipe out your hard work. Aphids are tiny in size but wreak major havoc on rush bushes if left uncontrolled. Gardeners have a number of options available to protect their prize roses and safely send the aphids away.

Step 1

Wash aphids away with a stream of water from the garden hose. Wear gloves and physically remove them if there is a small population. Use an insecticidal soap to remove aphids. Reapply the soap at least every other day until the infestation is reduced.

Step 2

Treat aphids with chemical sprays such as Orthene, Malathion or Rotenone, which are readily available at garden centers. Rotate treatment from insecticidal soap to a spray to prevent the aphids from resisting one form of treatment and re-colonizing the plant.

Step 3

Apply a homemade rhubarb spray. Chop five or six rhubarb leaves and add them to 1 qt. of water. Boil for 30 minutes. Add one squirt of dishwashing liquid to the mixture. Strain the mixture through a sieve, then allow it to cool. Pour it into a spray bottle. Spray generously onto infected leaves or canes.

Step 4

Drape banana peels over infested rose bushes and watch the aphids magically go away. Remove the banana peel after 1 or 2 days.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use the rhubarb spray on or near vegetable plants, as rhubarb leaves are poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Sieve
  • Spray bottle
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Gloves

References

  • Controlling Aphids on Rose Bushes
  • Treating Rose Bush Pests
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Stephanie Green is a writer with more than 10 years of experience. Her work has been published in various lifestyle and trade publications, covering parenting, gardening and human-interest stories. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.