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Bio Slug Pellets
Member Name: l500589
Bio Slug Pellets
Date: 05/09/12, updated on 11/02/13 (150 review reads)
Advantages: Good Value
Disadvantages: Lots if you are slug
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
Summary: Works well and is good value