If you want to get rid of aphids on roses, vinegar is a natural option. But, as we shared in our Aphids on Roses article – it is NOT an option we would recommend.
Spraying a solution with vinegar on ants that farm aphids is an option. But we would never consider spraying even a diluted vinegar pesticide spray solution on any leaf of your rose plants to control an aphid population.
Better options to control aphids on roses and other garden pests include:
- Spraying a strong stream of water
- Soapy water aphid sprays
- Garlic aphid spray
- Insecticidal soaps
- Beneficial insects
Why Do Aphids Go Near My Roses?
Due to their fragrances, roses make excellent targets for pollinators, such as bees or butterflies, but some pests are attracted to the sweet sap within your plants.
Beetles, mites, and aphids are some of the insects that feast on roses and ruin your garden’s stability.
While a small number of them might not do extensive damage or contaminate your garden, they can be devastating when the infestation numbers grow extensively.
How Do I Use a Vinegar Spray Solution?
One effective way of controlling the aphids on your roses to create a vinegar spray solution to use on the ants farming the aphids.
Locate the Infestation
Always look for the most typical spots aphid colonies gather. These garden pests like to hang out near the roses’ stems or leaves. You’ll know they’re close if you see dark and soot-covered spots speckled over these plant parts.
Once you have an aphid infestation on your plants and in the garden, it’s best to start fighting them right away. The sooner you get rid of the aphids, the less likely they will be to multiply and grow, quickly causing more damage.
Some people prefer using a simple homemade vinegar ant spray to save money while keeping aphids in garden under control.
If you’re interested in creating this soapy vinegar spray at home, follow the simple recipe.
Create the Vinegar Soap Spray Mixture
You’ll only need 4 ingredients and tools to create your mixture:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Liquid Dish Soap
Mix It Up
- Pour one quart of water into a bowl
- Add one tablespoon of liquid dish soap
- Pour 12 ounces of distilled white vinegar to the bowl
- Once all the above ingredients are combined, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle.
Now start spraying the aphids on the plants with a strong stream of water!
Be sure you spray not only the tops of the leaves and petals but the bottoms of them as well as the stem. Aphids like to hide on the underside of leaves, so this will be a particular point of interest.
This strong spray should knock the aphids to the ground where the aphids and the ants can be sprayed with the vinegar mixture.
If your plant is in a pot, spray the pot as well to keep any aphids from reinfesting your plant.
The Benefits of Using Vinegar
Not only is vinegar effective in killing aphids and ants, but it is also better for the environment. This homemade solution can combat pests while still keeping a healthy garden for beneficial insects like bees and lady bugs.
While most commercial pesticides don’t assure the safety of pollinating insects, vinegar is a natural solution, and therefore not harmful to our ecosystem.
Besides keeping our bees safe, vinegar is a solution most of us already have in our homes. This makes it a cheap, available solution in a time of haste and need.
The Drawbacks of Using Vinegar for Aphids on Roses
This solution is one solution for short-term or infrequent use. If you use it excessively, it may cause damage to your roses. Its acidic properties are enough to eliminate aphids and their larvae but damage your roses and other surrounding plants if you spray too frequently.
Although a small amount won’t do too much damage to your flowers, it may hurt damage or kill the plant if overdone. If you have no other options against aphids, take caution when using vinegar to spray aphids and other common garden pests drawn to your roses.
Some rose gardens may be more tolerant than others, but you should always play it safe.
Using Vinegar Without Spraying
If you’re not comfortable with spraying a vinegar mixture directly on your plants – I am not!
There is another way to use vinegar without causing potential harm to your roses. If you have a yellow bowl, fill it with ⅓ cup of distilled vinegar and place it near your roses, near the center of the aphid infestation.
Aphids have a natural attraction to the color yellow, so most will head towards it and die.
Since the vinegar isn’t touching the surface of your roses’ leaves, stems, or petals, it’s another way to get rid of active aphids. It also lets you save time by saving a lot of money on dozens of harmful pesticide sprays.