4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Aphids on Roses

Aphids, specifically rose aphids, can damage your beautiful roses by feeding on the sap of the plant. Use these four remedies to get rid of them quickly.

How to Get Rid of Aphids

Aphid Dish Soap Solution Spray

1. Attract or Buy Ladybugs
Ladybugs love to feed on aphids. If you aren’t able to attract any native species then you can buy live ladybugs online. Sprinkle these beneficial insects around the rose bush.

2. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
This natural powder will kill aphids by piercing the bug’s exoskeleton. Sprinkle some food-grade diatomaceous earth around the base of the plant and the underside of leaves.

Ladybug Aphid Control

3. Spray with Diluted White Oil
White oil can kill aphids by blocking their breathing pores. To make white oil, pour two cups of vegetable oil and half a cup of actual soap into a jar and give it a good shake.

4. Spray with Dish Soap Solution
Mix two drops of dish soap with a liter of water. Spray the dish soap solution thoroughly on the rose bush. Be sure to use organic soap and not detergent soap.

Note: the soap may damage the bush if the solution is too concentrated. For method #3 and #4, test the white oil solution or dish soap solution on one or two leaves to make sure the concentration isn’t strong for the rose bush.

Also, you may want to only use method #3 and #4 when it isn’t too hot or sunny outside. These methods may cause leaf scorches if the weather is too hot.

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Last Modified on February 13, 2018 -