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Thousands of small brown insects on my gooseberry bush

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davemorton
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:eek: Just checking out the garden and noticed one of my gooseberrys had lots of curled up leaves. Both plants are next to each other, but only one bush seemed affected. Looking under the curled up leaves, there is hundreds of small brown dots, insects I presume, but, what are they???
Many thanks for shedding any light on this. :beer:
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  • mrbadexample
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    Aphids. The leaf deformation is due to them sucking the sap from the soft green new growth.
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
  • davemorton
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    The swines, Mr. Chemical is going to have to come out and play tomorrow evening then.
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  • ladylouise62
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    See if you can find a couple of ladybirds. I popped a couple from my hedge to an infested currant bush, and 2 days later I had to really hunt to find a single one.
  • sammyroser
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    Planting marigolds near the plants helps also as aphids hate them
  • Leif
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    Hover flies love aphids. Growing weeds nearby can attract them. I am sure there are other hover fly attracting plants too. I think sweet peas might do the job, not sure.
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  • DebtFree2012
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    I had them but not too many so managed to spray them off with water. apparently water and washing up liquid works if sprayed on - my great grandad used that method....not sure if they blew bubbles when eating the fruit though :)
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  • Farway
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    Are you sure they are not baby spiders? They will soon move into the sunlight if so

    Brown is the clue here, aphids are green, not brown. Baby spiders are brown / yellow

    http://vegblogs.co.uk/grandad/2012/04/12/spiders-galore/

    do not kill them if they are spiders
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  • davemorton
    davemorton Posts: 29,066 Forumite
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    Going to have another inspect this evening. All I know is there are thousands of them, all over the underside of the leaves. They better not spread to my blackcurrants or else!!
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  • thumperrabbit
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    They are most likley aphids, there seems to be more around this year than normal, I am guessing theeh mild winter didn't kill them off.
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    I have lots of brown aphids this year. My companion plants haven`t flowered yet, to attract the predators. Plants are soft and sappy after the spring we have just had. Won`t be long though before the predators arrive
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