something is eating the leaves off of my little rose bush,what can I do to...

Asked June 3, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

something is eating the leaves off of my little rose bush,what can I do to get rid of the pests?

Baltimore Maryland shrubs rose slug

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The leaves of your rose are being eaten by an insect called a rose slug. It is neither a slug or caterpillar (even though it looks like one), but the larvae of a species of sawfly. Sawfly adults are very small flying insects related to wasps. The larva is small and “slug-like” in appearance. It feeds mostly from the underside of the leaf eating many holes and causing considerable damage. Severe rose slug feeding will stunt the rose’s growth and flowering. Apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil, or a systemic insecticide labeled for rose slugs or sawfly larvae. For additional information see the following information on our 'plant diagnostic' website, http://plantdiagnostics.umd.edu/level3.cfm?causeID=60

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