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What the heck are these?!

hatty_hatty_ Berkshire, 🇬🇧 Posts: 96
Hi everyone,

can anyone tell me what these funny bulbous woodlouse (?) type things are on the stems of my young dog rose? They are stuck firm on the stems. Are they a disease? A pest? 

I dug out this rose to find a new home for it. Left it in a wheelbarrow for a day or two and came back to find those. 

Anyone shed any light?

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,567
    scale insect I think. 

    Devon.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,492
    I agree - I use a stiff nail brush to shift them.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,598
    Just don’t try to buy a nail brush for the purpose - I’m not joking, there’s a nationwide shortage.

    Alcoholic infused wipes are recommended as well for removing scale insects.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,567
    meths on a cotton bud work too
    Devon.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,492
    You could always use a toothbrush - but give it a rinse afterwards before using it again 😁
    I often get a few on the stems of my blueberries - I just flick them off with a fingernail - then use a a fingernail brush on your fingernails :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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