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Thursday
29 September

Today’s Top Tip

Pellets

Metaldehyde or Methiocarb. Metaldehyde is more common and less toxic, making it the better choice. Use sparingly – 1 every 10cm (4”) – and as a very last resort, because pellets also poison a lot of beneficial wildlife, and even pets.

Keep slug pellets in their proper containers, away from young children and animals. Promptly and safely dispose of any poisoned slugs.

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The place to discover everything you ever wanted to know about the slug, plus a whole lot more you didn’t even realise you didn’t know but are now glad you do!

  • Find out which four slugs cause most damage in the garden.
  • Learn that male slugs lay eggs!
  • Why do people always reach for the dreaded blue pellets when they’re one of the least effective methods of slug control?
  • Discover better ways to manage troublesome molluscs that won’t harm wildlife.

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Things to do in September

It’s beginning to get cooler and damper, and slugs are starting to lay their autumn batch of eggs. Slugs lay eggs nearly all year round, but most prolifically in late summer and early autumn.

As the summer bedding begins to die, remove it to the compost heap. If left it provides both food and shelter for slugs. This removal of plants past their best has the added benefit of showing off those still flowering.

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The war against slugs is one the gardener will never win; but working with natural solutions, planting strategically, and encouraging wildlife, we can minimise the impact of the slug menace

Why Slug Off

If I ask about your number one garden pest, I bet the reply is an almost unanimous, “Slugs and snails!” I must admit, they’re the bane of my gardening life too.

Cartoon of slug eyes on stalks, peering above the lettuces

Watching television programs and reading garden magazines and websites, I searched for that one elusive remedy to rid me of this nuisance forever.

I’ve found lots of useful snippets of information, but scattered all over the place; hence Slug Off. All the information you need, and all in one handy place.

So what’s here

Slug Solutions – The heart of the site. Every tip and idea I’ve found about dealing with slugs and protecting your plants from their ravages. I’ll also show you how to encourage friendly slug predators, and about creating a ‘slug unfriendly’ garden, all of which compliment the more traditional forms of ‘mollusc management’.

Slug Facts – Explaining more about the humble slug. It’s basically a snail without a shell, so most of what you read here applies equally to dealing with snails too.

World’s longest list of slug remedies – Some serious, some not so serious, but all worth a try in this ongoing battle. 65 ingenious ideas, and growing all the time!

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