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Q.leafcutter bees ruining aesthetic value of my roses

Zone AZ | barbara.burley48 added on April 20, 2015 | Answered

How can I keep them away from my roses? Yes, I know they’re supposed to be good little doobies but I like to cut my roses and display them inside. I’ve read about using cheesecloth but that seems impractical. Any other ideas? I don’t want to kill them, just send them to someplace to get their leaves.

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Answered on April 25, 2015

My best advice is just to wait them out. They will stop once they get done taking enough good leaf material for their nests. I know they can really get after some rosebushes and leave them looking unsightly. However, it is kind of neat that they especially like some of your roses and I have grown to consider it an honor that they would choose the foliage on my rosebushes. There is nothing I know of to keep them away as it is a drive of nature for them to keep the cycle of life going, the cheesecloth covering is indeed bothersome and may not be all that effective. Article link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/leaf-cutter-bees.htm

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