help, whats my eating leaves and rose buds

slickwattz(z5 NY)June 3, 2012

i also have tiny holes in my rose buds.

what can i use to get rid of it

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slickwattz(z5 NY)

heres a shot of the bud.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 3:28PM
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The leaves are classic leaf cutter bee damage. They take pieces of leaf to line their nests with. The damage will really not damage anything other than some unsightly leaves. Any attempt to get rid of them would undoubtedly harm the entire pollinator population.

I'm not really seeing the damage to the bud but that would not be the same insect anyway, there are many others that damage buds.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 3:45PM
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I agree - leaf cutter bees. They will stop doing this in a few weeks. Will not hurt the roses.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:22PM
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slickwattz(z5 NY)

ok thanks for the leaf cutter info, but what is the thing that is boreing into my rose buds. they are killing the bud or zapping of any energy to bloom.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:25PM
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flaurabunda(6a, Central IL)

I viewed the larger version of the bud photo & I also do not see any damage.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 8:39PM
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with so much rain here, I have had a lot of bugs! They too were eating the buds. I found very tiny worms, aphids and a bunch of spider webs. Was advised by the nursery to use Bayer 3-1 which I did when it stopped raining abut it is raining yet again! :( UGH! Good Luck! :)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 3:28PM
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flaurabunda(6a, Central IL)

Bayer 3-in-1 will get rid of some of those bugs. It will also kill the predator wasps, ladybugs, and any mantids and create an environment where the bad bugs return sooner than their predators.

For those aphids, rose slugs, and mites, a simply spray of water is nearly as effective as a kill'em-all insecticide. These are the easier of the pests to knock off of rose bushes. The rain should be part of your pest control, and not contributing to the infestation. I believe all of the ones you listed prefer hot & dry conditions.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 4:39PM
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