What's eating my roses?
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT SOMETHING IS EATING MY ROSE BUSHES. THEY WERE FINE IN THE BEGINNING NOW THERE ARE HOLES IN THE LEAVES. WHAT DO I USE TO STOP THIS?
Thanks for writing! Without being able to see your roses in person, I can't say what's attacking them.
In general, insecticidal soaps are relatively good choices to spray on the offending insects, especially if they have soft bodies like caterpillars. Insecticides made from spinosad or neem are also pretty low-impact and can be effective on pests that chew holes in the leaves.
Note: If you see insects on your rose leaves, I do recommend doing a quick internet search before spraying them to ensure they're the bad guys. Harmful insects often attract beneficial insects --- and you don't want to accidentally kill the good guys and let the bad guys get away.
Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
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