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New roses bushes were infested with green fly last summer. They were cut bach over winter and I was hoping for success this summer. The plants are now budding and are totally infested. I can't believe it. We have snow outside. Where have the pests come from and how do I getrid of the beggars.?
I use warm soapy water & a soft clothe to wash them off with. It takes ages but seems quite effective. Can't believe yours are in bud - don't even have daffodils in flower/bud here yet!
I don't think I mean bud. But the new growth is sprouting. I will give it a go.
Best thing is to wipe them off, really. You could use spray if you're happy with chemicals... usually garden birds (bluetits etc), wasps (they DO have a purpose!) etc, will keep the numbers in check as they feed them to chicks.
Plant lavender beside roses,it's excellent bug repellent.2 days and it's sorted
I spray with water and washing up liquid, and wipe off with a tissue. Strangely satisfying.
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