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Green worms on the leaves of rose bushes

"There are little tiny green worms on the underside of the leaves of my rose bushes. They eat at the leaves until they are gone. I have used a general spray that was recommended by a nursery to get rid of them but it is not working. I had them last year too. I can't see to get rid of these little green worms. What suggestions do you have. Thanks!"
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Thanks for writing. The most organic treatment would be to hand-pick the worms and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. If that's not a good solution for you, look for an insecticidal soap or insecticide containing neem oil at your local garden center. These products are often considered organic. Note: Insecticidal soap has to be sprayed directly on the worms to stop them.

You can also go with a more hard-core chemical solution, such as the insecticide called Sevin. Look for this and other products at your local garden center. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging --- if you misapply these products, they won't work very well.

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor,"

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