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I have a terrible problem in my gardens with slugs and snails. I live near some boggy fields and this seems to attract bees, wasps, slugs, snails and ants. You name it, you can probably find it in my garden. Ant spray sorts the ants and now slug pellets sorts the slugs and snails. My garden is now a snail shell graveyard.
I pay around £5 for a bottle of these pallets and this covers both my front and back garden a few times. They aren't the cheapest available but I wouldn't use another brand as I know they work brilliantly.
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The bottle comes with guidelines but I have found them most effective when put down in the evening over a patch when it is dry. I wouldn't put them down just after or before rain as they go slimy and kind of melt away.
I noticed the next morning that there were dozens of snail shells and dying slugs on my garden which was encouraging. Normally by about day 2 or 3 I can't find any living slugs or snails, only empty shells.
I sprinkle a decent covering of the pellets over my soil. Just be careful you don't go overboard and put too many down as I can't imagine they do much good for your plants (I have no evidence to prove or disprove this, just my opinion). They do disappear after a few weeks but if there is heavy rain then they do disappear quicker.
I do have to be careful when putting ant powder down or slug pellets because of my dog. If you have dogs / cats or small children just be mindful of where you put them and keep your pets or children away from that area. I'd hate to see what happens to a child or a dog that ate these things.
I tend to put them down in the evening and then for a few weeks keep my dog on its lead when walking past that particular area and also make sure she doesn't go out in the back garden. It means more walks but at least I know she is safe.
I would definitely recommend this product. By putting these down a few times a year, I have a slug and snail free garden and my plants can grow in peace.
They work well, aren't too expensive and keep my garden clear.
One of my very worst fears is slugs, I am terrified of them and still let out a scream if I come into close proximity to one. Unfortunately we do have quite a few in our garden, ranging from small one inch types to four inch monsters. I think they are just so slimy and squidgy and absolutely revolting, I am actually shuddering typing this as I can imagine one of them crawling in front of me - yuk!
We grow quite a few vegetables in our garden and the slugs seem to love these, especially the cabbages and lettuces. The slugs just appear to come from nowhere, I can go to bed one night and the cabbages are fit and healthy and then come down the next morning to find fifty or so nibbles out of the leaves. When this happens I don't go too close but just look from a distance in case any of the slimy culprits are still hanging about.
Even seeing the silvery stretchy trail they leave on the pavement or walls is enough to make me reach for the Bio Slug pellets. I do a lot of gardening so I accept that I will come into contact with these creatures but my husband is used to coming to my rescue. He is not keen on killing them so he will pick them up on a trowel or spade and sling them over the fence at the back. (We back onto a park with a lot of trees round the edges just in case you had an image of a poor woman walking her dog and being struck by a sticky missile coming from on high.)
I have used this brand for a long time basically as they work really well. The tub is 1 litre and I last paid £4.15 from Wilkinsons which I think is about the average price, however B&Q are currently selling them for £3.98. The tub is quite a bright green and has a screw top which is childproof. It is recommended that you scatter the pellets 10 to 15 cm apart in the areas which you want to protect from slugs. I usually use gloves when I do this as it is quite easy to pour more than you need in one place and I have found that I have needed to thin them out and obviously don't want to touch them with my hands.
The small pellets are bright blue in colour and you can see them for some time assuming the slugs haven't eaten them or you haven't dug them into the soil when weeding. I probably sprinkle these once a month but I admit I am probably more obsessive than most when it comes to keeping slugs away.
I'm not sure how it actually happens but if the slugs do decide to have a nibble they seem to dissolve into themselves and turn into a gloopy sticky blob which again my husband disposes of for me. I don't always see the evidence of this so assume that the slugs slide off to a suitable place to become extinct.
I know some people still use old fashioned salt which probably does the same thing and is far cheaper but I'm not sure if salt is good for your soil if you use it long term.
The label tells you to seek medical help immediately if you accidentally swallow a pellet and to keep it away from children, animals and food stuff. Our tub is always kept in the garage which is where I would think most people would keep it.
I can remember vividly one traumatic experience in my life which involved a slug. I was talked into getting a real Christmas tree one year against my better judgement as I just love my six foot artificial one. I like the symmetrical look to it and the obvious bonus of having no needles falling off. I filled a pot up myself with dirt from the garden - you know where this is going now don't you?
I came downstairs the next morning to make a cuppa and (I'm shuddering again!) there was an four inch slug crawling across the living room carpet complete with its horrid wiggling antennae which seemed to be waving at me. I did scream very loudly and did a sort of a ridiculous war dance until the rest of the family came down to rescue me thinking I was being attacked by a burglar. I just had to go upstairs until the intruder had been disposed of. Needless to say I have never nor will I ever have a real Christmas tree in the house again, or if I ever do will fill it with pebbles or something which doesn't contain slugs.
My verdict: You can get a lot cheaper slug pellets than these but this brand works for me and gives me the confidence to get out into the garden.
I assume it has been something to do with the wet summer but there seem to be an awful lot more slugs in the garden this year and when walking out of the house in the morning it can be like walking through a mine field as so many of them are crawling across the path and it is gross if you accidently step on one.
They have also attacked a lot of the plants and as a result we have been using these slug pellets to try and reduce the impact and they do seem to work. As our neighbours all I have pets and we do have a couple of hedgehogs that frequent our garden on occasions I opted for this particular brand as they are not meant to be harmful to other animals both domestic and wild. They are bright blue in colour and they supposedly have a harsh taste so even if the colour does not deter animals the initial taste will and prevent any risk of harm. They come in a 1kg tub and cost £4.79 so they were not the cheapest on sale but it was not a significant difference.
You can scatter the pellets around the borders straight from the plastic container and it has a screw top to seal it up after use. The idea is to spread the pellets out around the flowers and then leave them to do their job. I noticed that they were visible for anything from two to four weeks mainly dependent on how much rain there was and I assume by the slugs consuming them as well as I have noticed a reduction in the number to be found amongst the flowers and plants. I still se the odd one but this is now a rarity while in the past they were everywhere. Further evidence is shown in the dead slug remains that can be seen amongst the plants so I know that these work.
For our garden area they will never be completely gone as the front area is open plan with no barriers between mine and my neighbours gardens so there will always be some infestation as they migrate from other gardens.
I have been happy with the results and these do give the peace of mind that you are minimising the impact on the rest of the environment.
I find slugs and snails to be both really disgusting and a proper pain in the arse when they munch on my flowers in the window baskets. I brought this product primarily for use on my window baskets. Any slugs i find inside generally get picked up in tissue paper and promptly flushed down the loo, but this summer for defending my flowers i have used this product. I brought this a few months back now and i have been very happy with how it has performed. I think it cost me around £3.00. It comes in a curvey green plastic container with a black lid which you take off to allow you to sprinkle the pellets around. The container has a list of instructions and precautions for using which are probably worthwhile reading through if you are unfamiliar with the product, namely to keep well away from children and pets.
I tend to sprinkle it on my window baskets late in the evening when it is damp or raining, as this is when the little blighters will show themselves. Left at night and there is also less chance of any birds perhaps swallowing the pellets too. The pellets are small and green and now fragrance. When i wake in the morning i find shrivelled up or dissolved slug bodies where once the pellet was laid. The pellets will stop slugs in the tracks as it sets about killing them. It doesn't seem to act very quickly. The slug will take sometimes all night to dissolve away to leave a gluey yucky remains. I have before dropped these directly on slugs before when i have caught them in the act, and it seems to work in a similar fashion to salt, whereby it seems to dries them up and dissolve them. Probably not a pleasant death for the blighters but i will fiercely protect my flowers lol so its justified in my opinion.
I would definitely recommend this product. Its very effective and simply gets the job done of killing slugs. I wouldn't recommend it for using indoors around children and pets, but its a godsend for protecting your flowerbeds or vegetables. The cannister has lasted me a couple of months and a little goes a long way so is very good value for money in opinion.
As mentioned in a few of my previous reviews I have been gradually getting quite 'into' gardening during the last few years, and this year especially I am enjoying more and more time spent tending to my gardens.
I have though, for a long time, even back in the day when I still lived at my parent's house been aware of the threat to plants and shrubs that comes from the dreaded slug! I remember my parents always had slug pellets visible in their borders, pots and planters in an attempt to blitz the slugs, and stop them from eating all the leaves and gradually killing the plants.
This year however has been the first time that I decided I needed to take some similar action, after noticing damage to some of my plants, and finding some slimy little slugs sitting nearby the plants.
The next time I visited my local garden centre I had a browse through the dozen or so brands of slug pellets that they had on offer, and decided on these 'Bio Slug Pellets'. My reason for these was not because they were cheapest (which they weren't), but simply down to the fact that they try to offer a way of getting rid of the slugs without doing harm to other animals that might come across the pellets.
My main concern really was for my cat, although I was sure he wouldn't try to eat them, but I wanted to be certain that if he happened to consume the odd one or two by mistake that he would not come to any harm.
These Bio Slug Pellets are actually designed to be unattractive to pets and birds mainly due to their bright blue colouring, and also because of a bitter tasting ingredient that they contain which the slugs are unable to detect. It is quite reassuring to note that these slug pellets have actually been endorsed by the Royal Society for the protection of Birds.
The cost of the Pellets was just under £5 and for that you get 1 kilogram of pellets in a plastic tub. The tub has a twist top, which when twisted opens up a small hole on the side which enables you to scatter the pellets into the desired location in borders or pots without having to actually touch the pellets with your hands which is useful.
It is recommended that the pellets should be spread out about 10-15cm apart from each other, as this should be enough to get the slugs, whilst preventing the build-up of large piles of pellets which could potentially be harmful if 1 animal were to come and scoff the whole pile. It is difficult to get the pellets to scatter completely evenly and equidistant, but as long as there are a few scattered about without any big piles of them, then that pretty much does the job.
This spreading out of the pellets means that they do go a long way, meaning that the 1 kilo tub will last for a long time, and is in-fact good value for money.
The pellets do gradually erode away over a period of about a month, due to the weather, as well as due to being consumed by slugs, and so I have re-applied my pellets a couple of times now this year.
The results are very good indeed - well they are if you are not a slug!
My plants and flowers have looked in far better condition since I started applying these pellets earlier this year, with no holes in the leaves from where the slugs have been helping themselves. The big sticky pools of dead slugs are evident around the soil, showing that the slugs have been eating the pellets to their detriment.
Overall these are a good way of combating the devastating effects of slugs on your plants, whilst also having a consideration for the birds and other animals around the patch. At around £5 they offer good value, as they will last a while.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
Slugs are a nuisance and can destroy your lovely bedding plants very quickly. Last month after I had planted my bedding plants in the tubs and borders and done my hanging baskets I was suddenly over run with them. There was easily 100's of them in all my plants, and borders and openly slithering around my patio. The damage to my plants was extensive and I lost quite a few of them.
The big problem is how to get rid of them, as we have got a dog a chemical pesticide was not an option at this point, I was scared in case he would eat anything I put down and end up dead along with the slugs. Also we have a bird feeder in the garden and I was scared these would kill the birds as well.
We read up about how to get rid of them, apparently they like beer so if trying this method you need to get a container with a lid on with the beer inside, make a hole above the beer line and the slugs are said to go in and drown. We put about 8 containers out but not one slug went in. Salt is an option, but cruel it burns into the slugs and I couldn't bring myself to do this salt can also kill the plants.
Collecting them was not an option, as I said there were literally hundreds of them; the soil was teaming with them and many all over the plants. Slugs can lay a lot of eggs in the spring and summer and as soon as they hatch they are active just like the adult slugs chomping away at everything.
After failing with the beer and not knowing what else to do I starting researching on the internet for a chemical slug killer, and I discovered Bio slug and snail killer. I needed to make sure that these would only kill the slugs so I read some independent articles from different gardening specialists.
Bio slug and snail pellets contain 3% metaldehyde which is the active ingredient used to kill the slugs but is not strong enough to kill any other wildlife or pets if used correctly. They also contain an animal and bird repellent to put off anything else eating it. They are also coloured blue which is a colour that is known to put of birds from eating it as well. A large number of these pellets would be needed to kill any other wildlife in the garden; this is why it is so important that they are used correctly. Most wildlife will not eat dead slugs either so there is no fear that the poison will be transferred from the dead bodies of the slugs, but it is still better to remove any dead bodies that are found.
Bio slug pellets attract the snail as a food that it will eat before it gets to the plants and once eaten they will quickly die. They are useful for mass destruction of slugs quickly as obviously once dead in great numbers there will be no more adults left to breed more.
Bio slug pellets come in an easy to sprinkle green bottle and it is vital that they are sprinkled thinly around the affected plants and in the borders; each pellet must be separate so they are not piled up they can also be used in hanging baskets as well.
I didn't sprinkle mine directly in the tubs I put a few pellets on the ground around the tubs and this was good for me as the slugs died before getting into the tubs and I was able to sweep them up.
Bio slug pellets are shower proof as well so if there is a light rain then there is no need to apply more.
These slug pellets were a success for me, all traces of snails were gone within a few days, and some of my plants recovered once they had stopped being attacked. I then swept all the pellets off the patio and gave the borders a raking to bury any leftover pellets. Our dog (Huxley ) ignored them and I didn't notice any birds trying to eat them either.
Where it would, according to the manufactures and several articles I have read, need a very large amount of pellets to harm pets or children if consumed, I would advise not to leave children or pets alone in the garden during this treatment.
Bio slug Pellets must be stored in a dry place and out of reach of children, kept away from foodstuffs and needless to say hands need to be washed after use.
I bought mine from Homebase £3.98 for 1kg tub, which goes a long way I still have three quarters of it left.
Well it's that time of the year again, where all the new summer plants are starting to push through in the garden, but due to it still being quite damp at times the slugs are having a field day, eating all the newest and sweetest shoots!
After being given a garden project from school, to grow, cultivate and record the progress of his own sunflower pant, my son was distraught to find that yes it had started growing, but something had taken bites out of the bottom leaves, so distraught that I have had to go and buy some treatments to stop such pests eating the entire garden, go helps us if they start eating Connor's potato's!
The product I will now review is - "Bio - slug mini pellets, shower proof".
I have to say I brought these due to two reasons, one obviously because they were the cheapest there and two because "Bio" is a branded item I have used in the past and I trust.
I do always worry about putting these out as there are cats in the street where I live, but there is a note saying that these do not attract domestic animals, even giving off a repellent to them and also having a bitter agent to stop accidental ingestion by the kids, always a bonus!
The fact that they are blue in colour and my son was drawn to them in a heartbeat is another story, I do feel maybe if they were dirt coloured they wouldn't get eaten in the first place!
To use and treat any area in the garden, even around vegetable patches, though you do have to be careful to not leave the pellets resting in the leaves, this of course may result in accidental ingestion, you simply twist the lid up (there is no need to remove!), and sprinkle a small amount around the base of the plants and shrubs being treated.
Due to the design of the lid, the pellets really fly out and spread around quite easily, though it is reasonably difficult to gauge amounts when gently shaking the tub.
The pellets are best to be applied on a moist or humid evening, especially when it is more than possible for the slugs to be coming out, though be assured the pellets do not dissolve when getting wet, though again this means that the application should be sparse as they don't wash away and if applied heavily, they are more likely to cause damage to larger animals if eaten in large quantities.
There are the obligatory warnings on this product, these being keep away from animals, children and foodstuffs and if accidentally swallowed seek immediate medical help and retain the label or container for information.
Do these work? In fairness I haven't seen a slug since treating my garden, but the holes and missing vegetation has subsided, the tub doesn't actually state how this product works, so maybe the pellets dissolve the slugs like salt does, either way the plants seem much better in condition so I have no complaints!
Price wise these are available from round £1.99, mine being purchased from Wilkinson's, but is available from many decent garden centres.
For more information visit - www.bio-garden.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Slugs and snails are the bane of the keen gardener's life. I'm not a mad keen gardener, but since handing my back garden over to my chickens (tip: if you want to get rid of slugs, get chickens; unfortunately the chickens will eat your plants quicker than the slugs!), I wanted to at least have a nice front garden. I invested a small fortune in bedding plants, and have enjoyed watching them develop over the last month or so. I have, however, taken steps to reduce the risk of providing a flowery salad bar for the local molluscs!
The past two years wet weather has meant that slugs and snails have had it easy in Britain and have flourished at the expense of garden plants. It's estimated that there are 50 slugs in every square meter of garden, so I knew that, in order to protect my expensive new bedding plants, I'd need to enlist in some 'chemical warfare'.
I am very keen on wildlife and did not want my selfish desire to have a lovely front garden result in annihilation of the local goldfinches and sparrows, so I did a bit of research before selecting my 'weapon of choice'!
It was immediately apparent that the best slug and snail killers contain metaldehyde. This molluscicide is highly toxic to slugs and snails, but is also harmful to wildlife and pets in large enough doses.
Here, however, Bio Slug Pellets appear to offer several advantages over the competition.
The pellets have been designed to be unattractive to birds or pets. The colour, a sickly blue, is reported to put off birds from eating them, whilst the 'bittering agent' deters animals from making a meal of them. The manufacturer claims that the product is safe to use around vegetables; I'd need a bit more convincing about this, before using them with food plants, however.
The makers of the pellets have come up with "The Slug Pellet Code of Conduct" and indeed had approval from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds"; august endorsement, indeed!
The code of conduct advises users on the safe use of the product. Surprisingly, the user is advised to use the minimum amount possible (unusual advice from a manufacturer; they usually want people to use as much as possible) and to spread the pellets evenly about 10-15cm apart. This prevents any animal or bird from gorging on a pile of the pellets and becoming ill. Advice is also given to keep the product away from children and animals.
Reassured, I purchased a 1Kg pack and commenced my killing spree!
The product is supplied in an easy to hold container with quite a clever cap. The cap does not need removal; merely twist it and an opening appears in the side through which the pellets can be distributed. I found this easy to use, and easy to avoid scattering too many at once.
I used the pellets as advised and spread them around my plants and on the bare soil around 10-15cm apart. In this way, a travelling slug will come across a deadly pellet, sooner or later.
The next morning, evidence of the pellets efficacy was everywhere. Heavy slime trails covered the garden (and I must admit some of the plants looked a bit smug!). Several slug corpses were also evident; I removed these to prevent any birds snapping them up and ingesting the poison, although the makers claim that birds would not be poisoned by eating slugs killed by the pellets.
Clearly, the pellets had worked a treat. Over the next few days, less and less evidence was present each morning, showing that the local mollusc population was in serious decline.
The weather was reasonably dry, so the pellets lasted over two weeks; gradually dissolving to the point where they could no longer be seen. Once this stage was reached, I reapplied pellets to the garden in the same way.
Almost two months on, and my garden is looking rosy! There has been very little evidence of slug damage, and less evidence of slug activity. Bio Slug Pellets have certainly done the job, and there's still half a packet left.
In summary then, if you want to give the best protection to your plants, then Bio Slug Pellets are a must. Follow the "Slug Pellet Code of Conduct" and your plants, pets, and the local wildlife should all be healthy. The 1Kg packet costs around £5.00 which for brilliant protection of a whole garden of flowers is, I believe, a bargain.
I've always like to potter around our garden & last year started to grow not only flowers from seeds, but also tomatoes & strawberries with great results. This year my eldest daughter bought a variety of vegetable plants for hubby's birthday which included broad beans, sweetcorn, raspberries & strawberries.
Everything's been planted carefully into pots & staked when necessary & it's beginning to look a little like 'The Good Life' in our back garden although I suspect Tom & Barbara never dreamt of using slug pellets!
Unfortunately we noticed big holes appearing in the leaves of some of the plants & discovered those horrible slimy lines which meant we had been visited by those horrible,ugly, disgusting slugs & snails - yuk!
There wasn't time to shop around so we bought a bottle (800g) of Bio Slug Pellets from our local garden centre for £2.99 determined to rid the creatures before they did any more damage. OK we could have used beer or salt but as these pellets claim to be biodegradable & don't remain in the food chain as toxins we decided that we'd just kill em off as quickly & painlessly as possible.
The container is bright green & it's clearly marked what the product is for & the ingredients, directions, storage & cautions are easy to read. All you do is unscrew the childproof lock & scatter the pellets thinly 10-15cm apart. It's advised that you don't put piles of the pellets around in case pets have a taste but it's designed to be bitter & off-putting for animals.
Each 1cm blue pellet conatins metaldehyde which breaks down into water, metals & aldehydes & over time/exposure are biodegradable. I didn't know this, but apparently the blue is added to deter the birds.
Bio claim that these pellets protect flowers, fruit & vegetables & since using it we've seen no sign of any slugs or snails - dead or alive so I'm not sure where they've scarpered to? The leaves on all the vegetables, fruit & flowers don't have any more holes in them so hopefully this has done thi trick!
I'd recommend trying these Bio pellets as they're waterproof, easy to scatter & seem to do the trick. Our cat & dog haven't been near them either so they've come to no harm.
I DO apologise to all snail & slug-lovers but needs must especially when you're growing your own food...
- not the cheapest slug/snail product around but very effective.
- easy to use.
- gets rid of snails & slugs therefore protecting flowers, fruit & vegetables.
I used to consider myself as a really kind-hearted and forgiving person till I met some souls who changed my outlook on life entirely. They came in all their three shapes and some even came bearing their homes on their back and threatened to take over my garden ( one of my most loved possessions) from me.
There were absolutely hundreds of them everyday.. much more than I could throw out . This is not unusual as slugs and snails love moist humid whether , with occasional rain-helps them slide towards food and breed better..
They usually breed just when the soil temperature is above freezing and the soil starts turning warm ..about April and continue to do so till September after which they just hibernate.
Did you know each day they eat twice as much as their body weight...approximately two kilos worth of greenery in an average UK summer ?
What is the point of working hard through early spring protecting plugs I have grown in the freezing cold when I got was snail/slug poo on mosaic-cut ice-berg lettuce, slime-cover carrots and cucumbers and I don't even get to see whether a much cherished bud with promised unique colour reach its splendour as a bloom.
I have read this somewhere that according to Napoleon ' the best army is one that marches on its tummy' , that is all very good if you are the leader of the army but when you are the opponent , gardener in this context you'd rather fight bravely yourself or loose everything you have worked hard for.
My heartache led to my cruel decision and I decided to treat my garden with bio-slug eliminator as I had heard so much good about it.
You can buy it in 1kg packs (plastic bottles with the childlock screw-tops) starting from £4 ish in most DIY/gardening centres.
Obviously it being a gardening product the packaging is in green
. There are some online shops that do it in 500gms packs too.
The active ingredient is metaldehyde making up about 3% of each 1cm sized blue pellet . It is supposed to dehydrate the snails/slugs and kill them.
.There is a lot of concern/speculations about this active ingredient regarding its safety of use around pets and children.
Of course I do not have a pet (other than my toddler - who touch wood has a mortal fear of touching anything that has been told will hurt her badly) however I have made it sure( just for the friendly neighbourhood cats that love basking in my garden) and the few occasional hedgehog strollers that each pellet has only about 3% killing agent hence a pet would require to consume two-three handfuls to get sick and die.
The pellets are supposed to have a pet-repellant and a bitter taste hence pets wouldn't even like eating too much at a go .The blue colour is purposely added to the pellet to make it bird repelling as well.
According to research metaldehyes breakdown into water, metals and aldehydes with time and exposure hence they are bio-degradable and do not remain in the food-chain as toxins.
How to use it :
The instructions are well written on the pack and I usually follow that in the following manner-
It is better to wear gloves and not to touch it directly but just sprinkle lightly around the stem(some good 2-3 inches away) and not directly on any leaves around evening time .
Too much at a place could attract pets to try them .
It's a good idea to re-sprinkle in 2-3 weeks time if there is too much rain , as though they are rain-proof they do tend to get eroded.
It would be also nice to use them around ponds which have fish in them.
As for storage after use make sure to keep it somewhere which is out of reach of children, pets and rain well re-capped.
I get absolutely loads of dead enemies by the next morning( the war on terror from the slugs comes to an end in my garden), which does look disgusting to be honest but goes to show how useful it has been. I tend to scoop them up and throw them or just bury them.
All my vegetables and young plant look healthy and bite-free . The garden looks happy and flowers and fruits well these days(except in the winter lull).
I do nurture a guilty conscious for killing the slugs(remember I was once cream-hearted) but I am not dying from not eating fresh healthy just picked fruits and vegetables which I have worked my backside of on .
I am not sure if the pellets have done this or not but while I was using them our neighbours cat started taking a detour route outside our fence.
Alternatives methods for slug elimination:
I would rather stick to using bio-pellets but there are some other ways too which you could use if you have a bigger green heart---
Using salt which would only increase soil-salinity over time and make the soil unfit.
Using beer but then you have chances of hedgehogs orbirds getting drunk on eating the drunk slugs and meeting an accident.
Hang birds houses..birdtables(beware you might have birds eating up your berries
Use nematodal control... they are expensive and you have to replenish every 6th month or so.
Garbage heaps can harbour hedgehogs... they may not want to live in your garden at all and run off to your neighbours.
Using copper wire/strips to electrocute them...which is both expensive(unless using for a few pots or so) and I haven't had that good a result out of it .
comes in manageble sized containers and can be bought from most big stores my father has an allotment and he used to use it alot because he hated them eating his crop and said it works very well so if you want rid of the slugs then i would recommend.
but i managed to get my dad to stop using it because if birds do eat the pellets it can make them infertile and whether your bird or human no one would like to be made infertile and also if this kills these slugs and does repell birds which it says on container, what is it doing to the veggies me and you are growing because the stuff they are putting in them are dissolving into the ground and the veggies are soaking the chemicals up and then we eat them nd it goes in to us and now my father uses natural ways
Comes available in 1Kg containers available in most garden centres or online.
I have my own allotment and I hate slugs especially when they eat my potatoes.
This year I wanted to eliminate slugs by using some slug pellets. Before they eat my vegetables.
Before I started planting my potatoes this year I got myself some slug pellets. These particular ones caught my attention as they contained some kind of animal repellent.
I won't know if they have been effective on my potatoes until later on this year.
But I sprinkled these around my cabbages, cauliflowers, beetroot, broccoli, and other plants and they have all been free from slugs. Many slugs have appeared on the surface dead.
But me and others usually have problems with pigeons destroying young plants. Since I have been using these
slug pellets I have not had any problems with pigeons. Maby the animal repellent meant to stop them eating the pellets also protects your plants from being attacked by pigeons as well.
Update 28 may 2006: Well it has bin a few weeks now and still no sign of slug damage to my vegetables or pigeons. I have just finished my second container will need to get more soon.
But now I have encountered a new pest a little mole will need to find some kind of humane mole deterrent. Not done much damage as of yet. o and i got a wasp nest in my shed I need to get rid of.
Before I talk about the product I am writing about today, I would just like to give you a few details about the pest I am trying to get rid of with the aid of this product. --------------------------THE SLUG---------------------------- This is the time of year when slug eggs, which can be found in your garden soil, when you are turning it over ready to plant your plants for the summer. The eggs are pale in colour and are laid in a group of about 20 or more eggs. They lie undeveloped in the soil until the time is right for them to hatch. If you see a bunch of eggs get rid of them quick before they do hatch. The adults snails are still around though, they hide in the winter under the soil. When the time is right for them to appear you can easily see all of the tell tale signs of their presence by the silvery slime trails left around your garden. There are a number of different slugs around the main ones being: Dark brownish/ grey slug with an orange under side. He causes a lot of damage. Large Black not much damage Great grey lives in damp places One of the worst slugs for causing damage is the netted slug he is a small creamy coloured slug, who does most damage to greens ,cabbages etc. What shall we do about them? I used to spend a fortune sprinkling salt on top of them and watch them shrivel up. Then I turned into a real sadist when I discovered Bio slug pellets. I found out I could kill thousands of slugs in one go for a reasonable price. Just £2.99 for 800g. (available from most major garden centres) prices may vary. These pellets come in a large green bottle/tub kind of thing and are easy to sprinkle around your garden. Spread them thinly not is piles.(wash your hands after using) They are blue in colour which deters birds from picking them up and they are shower proof. So no worry of them being washed away. They Contain 3%
w/w metaldehyde so I wouldn not be using them if I had small children or pets around. I know I have got a dog but he chooses to ignore them, but that is my dog it is up to you if you want to take the risk of putting the pellets down. These excellent pellets do protect your flowers, fruit and vegetables to a very good degree. The only problem some people may have about using them, is the fact that you are left with dead slug bodies around the garden. I do not have a problem with this as they are soon shoveled up and disposed of. If you value your plants /veg etc as much as I do I would advise you to try some bio slug pellets. Thanks for the read.
Bio slug protects flowers, fruit, and vegetables are protected by bio slug mini pellets by applying on a regular basis. This is a very effective slug killer, but contains a special animal repellent to make them unattractive to pets. The slug pellets are shower proof so they won’t be washed away. These pellets contain metaldehyde that can kill if eaten. Scatter thinly 10-15cm(“4-6inches”) apart, if a heap of pellets are left in the same place on the soil it can be fatal to animals if eaten in quantity.