Slug & Snail Control

 The UK climate provides an ideal  home for many different Mollusc species. Slugs and snails remain the  gardeners most troublesome pest.

  

A trip to the local garden centre or hardware store will enable you to see just how many different types of slug and snail control products are available for home and garden use.  

Some of these are simple physical barriers whilst others claim to create an 'uncomfortable' surface that slugs and snails don't like to crawl over but  our studies have shown that some  'Physical' barriers, are not very effective. Copper tape helps prevent slugs and snails reach container grown plants by giving them an electrical charge but make sure the copper has not been covered with dirt or mould that allows the slugs and snails free passage.Also make sure slugs and snails are not already in your pots and containers before you apply copper tape.

 

Others products contain chemicals such as Metaldehyde, that are often under debate as to whether they harm wildlife.  

In addition, there is the option of using entomopathogenic nematodes, microscopic worms which enter a slug through its mouth, anus or breathing holes and start to feed. They then release internal bacteria, which multiply rapidly inside the body of the slug. The bacteria decay the slug's organs into a food source for the nematodes. The nematodes then mature and reproduce within the slug's dying body. They do not claim to work on snails due mainly to snails working on the surface. See the nematodes section in the natural enemies area of our website..

 

Recently, Dragonfli have reviewed a wide range of currently available slug and snail control options and have found that naturally sourced Organic Super Slug  Killer and Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer appears to consistently produce rapid and effective results.  Thes products consists of organic pellets that contain Iron Phosphate, which provide an environmentally safe method for controlling both slugs and snails.   Pellets are scattered on the soil around vulnerable plants and gradually break down into products that actually benefit plant growth.  

 

 

1 kg shaker pack of Sluggo Slug & Snail Killer


 


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