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How to Get Rid of Mites From Roses

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Overview

Roses, like most other flowers, are susceptible to mite infestations. These tiny pests inhabit any type of plant that has dry or dusty leaves. In small numbers, mites can cause leaves to curl up and turn yellow, but as the mite population increases, they can kill entire plants. Pesticides are often ineffective in treating mites. The most effective treatment against mites on rose plants is completely natural and inexpensive.

Step 1

Spray water directly on top of the rose plants. The water will knock the mites off and may cause them to drown.

Step 2

Spray water on the entire plant three times per day, making sure to also spray the underside of the leaves. Mites are attracted to dry, dusty conditions, so a moist plant will deter them from coming back.

Step 3

Release ladybugs in the area. Ladybugs, available in most garden supply stores, are one of the best natural pest controls available. They will eat the mites along with many other pests, but will not harm your plants.

Step 4

Spray neem oil on the underside of the leaves. Neem oil is a natural, vegetable-based oil that repels mites.

Tips and Warnings

  • When spraying your roses with water, try not to get the soil too wet as soggy soil can hurt the plant roots. Test a small amount of the neem oil on one leaf before you spray the whole plant. Neem oil may damage certain types of roses.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladybugs
  • Neem oil

References

  • UC IPM Online: Rose Pests
Keywords: get rid of mites on roses, natural mite control, rose pest control

About this Author

Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.