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By Ant

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

I recently planted a small blackcurrant which now appears overrun with ants - is there an environmentally-friendly way I can treat the problem please?

thanks both - so it's not the ants eating away at the leaves then? (sorry - virgin useless gardener here!)



No worries....they are probably after the sweet stuff that aphids excrete. They are on my Jostaberry after the few aphids that are on the blackcurrant related shrub. Ants do no harm while exploring after aphids.

19 Jun, 2011


They do protect and tend the aphids, though, which may allow the aphids to multiply to harmful levels. As a first try, I would leave lots of spearmint leaves--not stems!--around the bushes to repel the ants. Ground up orange or tangerine peel sometimes works, too.

20 Jun, 2011


Get rid of the aphids and you get rid of the ants - blast them off with the hose, or use ECO friendly washing up liquid, a squirt in a sprayer with water (don't use ordinary washing up liquid though). Or put a rubber glove on and rub them off with your fingers.

20 Jun, 2011

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