Slug invasion - advice on the safe control of garden slugs

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Gardeners are bracing themselves for what looks like being one of the worst years on record for slugs and snails following the particularly warm winter.

The Common Sense Gardening Group of the Crop Protection Association offer advice on ways to deal with slugs as well as many other pests and problems in the garden and in and around the home.

Many gardeners will rely on slug pellets as an effective, easy to use tool that can protect their plants. If gardeners do decide to use slug pellets it’s important that they follow the advice on the label to ensure correct application. When applied according to label instructions slug pellets should have no significant effect on the wildlife in the garden or the environment.

Gary Philpotts, Chair of the Common Sense Gardening Group said:

“Slugs and snails are the number one pest problem in many gardens and the recent mild winter means that this problem is likely to be even worse this spring.

“Gardeners should always try and encourage natural predators such as birds, frogs, hedgehogs and ground beetles to help control slugs and snails. There are a number of steps you can take to entice them in, for example, placing a pile of rotting logs in the garden or putting up a bird feeder.

“Where you need to supplement natural predators through the use of slug pellets then it’s crucial that you follow the common sense approach by reading the label carefully, avoiding over application and only applying slug pellets thinly around plants that need to be protected.”

For more advice on how to protect your plants from slugs and snails, as well as advice on using, storing and disposing of slug pellets safely, download our leaflet on the safe control of garden slugs.

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