Roses being eaten by what and how to control?

Asked May 10, 2019, 2:46 PM EDT

My roses have chewed like holes in them- what is causing this and how do I treat it? Is there a natural treatment for roses that does not involve powerful chemicals? Thanks in advance.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

The holes on the leaves are caused by rose slug sawfly larvae. Look on the undersides of the leaves for the young larvae. If the infestation is light, pick off and destroy the larvae by hand. To control heavy infestations, use horticultural oil or spray with spinosad. Target the undersides of the leaves.
Horticultural oils and spinosad have low impact to people and beneficial insects. See our website for more information