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    Default Blackcurrants - what is this pest?

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    I have these all over my blackcurrant bushes. What are they?

    I was going to treat them with watered down washing up liquid - would that help?

    Many thanks
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    It'd help yes - I think it stops them breathing (or similar). I'd wipe as many off as you can first.. squishing them as you do, then give the leaves a squirt.

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    Do as the others have suggested (squish and wash them off), but they aren't fatal so don't worry if you don't get them all
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Keep an eye out for scaly insects as well they tend to stick to the older stems. I had a problem with them last year. I also had them on my bay bush, when you move them they have like a cotton wool under them. I found this helpful.

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    Get some ladybirds and place them nearby - they should munch happily away on them and clear them away for you.


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    I've just noticed my blackcurrant is the same, I'm just going to leave mine and hope the ladybirds /hoverflies find them though

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    My blackcurrant is the same too. Have been spraying with soapy water for the past few days now, finally seem to have got the last of them today. Keeping a close eye on the plant though in case they come back!

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