When the weather warms up and the ground is wet the slug population are in full force. Fear not, there is a variety of slug killers and slug control products available on the market. Here’s our rundown on the best four:
Certified as organic by the Organic Farmers & Growers this definitely tops our list of slug control products. The active ingredient is ferric phosphate (sometimes the brand name Ferramol is used).
Copper tape is a very simple way to keep slugs away from pots and containers. This method is natural and organic, but won't keep slugs out of the flower bed. Why is it good?
How to use it: Stick a thin band (about 1cm in width) all the way around a plant pot or container.
Recommended product : Growing Success Slug Barrier is copper tape with a strong adhesive backing and ideal for use.
This is another form of slug deterrent that provides a protective barrier but doesn’t kill them. This treatment works by applying a layer of sharp sand, grit, shells or stones around the top of the plant pot.
Recommended product:An ideal product for this method is Growing Success' Slug Stop which is made from crushed volcanic stones.
Metaldehyde is a chemical widely used in the UK as a slug and snail killer. It is usually combined with an animal repellent to stop it being accidentally eaten by animals. It is also available in a transparent liquid form so it can't be seen by animals.
Metaldehyde liquid can't be used around edible plants. It forms a clear layer on the surface which is very poisonous to slugs or snails.
Recommended product:You can find metaldehyde in Bayer Garden's Slug and Snail Killer pellets. Alternatively, try Scotts Slug Clear if you want to use it in a liquid form. Always read the label and use safely.The legal bit Advanced Slug Killer contains 10g/kg ferric phosphate Slug Bait contains 10g/kg ferric phosphate Slug & Snail Killer contains 3% metaldehyde SlugClear contains 228g/l metaldehyde
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