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White insects on rose bush

I have tiny white things on my rose bush; on the buds and stem close to the bud, I can't see any on the leaves. They're only a couple of mm long at best, does it sound like aphids?  Or (being hopeful here) maybe some sort of 'helpful' bugs? 

I rubbed a few off and then used the rose on my watering can to pour a bit of water all over. That seemed to clear them a little. I'm not wanting to spray anything if I can help it.

Sorry I can't put a pic up, i couldn't get a usable one.  

Again, thanks in advance for any advice.


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,968
    Wooly aphids?
    Utah, USA.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    Its Greenfly larvae or even eggs
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    It does sound like you have aphids. As they grow the shed their 'skin' so that's probably the tiny white bits you're seeing.
    No need to use a chemical spray, a blast of water from the hosepipe will knock them off.
    Alternatively (if you're not squeamish) remove them by hand. I squish them off if there's only a couple on the plant.
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