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What Is Eating My Rose Bush?

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There are several insects that commonly feed on rose bushes. If your rose bush is showing signs of damage, such as yellowing leaves, you may have an insect eating your bush. These are some common insects found on rose bushes with tips on how to identify the insect.


Aphids are a small insect that are most commonly found on rose bushes. High infestations of aphids will leave an obvious sticky substance on the leaves.


There are several scale insect species that can affect roses such as the California red scale, latania scale, Purple Scale, frosted scale and Kuno scale. Female scales look more like a barnacle attached to the plant. Males look like a typical small insect, but are not usually seen on the rose plant.

Flatheaded Borers

These are beetles in which the larvae have an enlarged flat head. They eat into previously damaged parts of the plant.


There are many species of caterpillars that will feed on rose bushes. They are usually large enough to find and can be removed by hand.

Foliage miners

Foilage miners describes several species of moths whose larvae cause a distinctive type of leaf damage. These insects feed in a maze like pattern leaving revealing trails on the leaf of the rose bush.

Bugs From Eating Rose Bushes

The key to keeping rose bushes healthy and looking fresh is making sure bugs don’t damage the leaves or flowers. Bugs can attack your rose bushes and eat holes through the foliage, leaving you with a dead plant. Fortunately, treatments can be done with products or materials you already have in the house. Inspect the rose bush for bugs. Japanese beetles, which are a mix of shiny green and copper, are common in rose bushes. Other bugs you should pick off the bush are rose weevils and gall wasps, to prevent them from eating the roses. Spray the rose bush every other day with water to remove bugs like aphids, spittle bugs, and rose scale. Ladybugs are an ideal predator, since they eat bugs that harm rose bushes, such as aphids. Trim or prune parts of the rose bush already infested with bugs.

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