Slug pellets are one of the best selling garden products on the market. The reason is simple, slugs are the biggest and most persistent pest out of all garden pests. Left unchecked, slugs can decimate seedlings and even established plants. Slugs have a fondness for the most delicate and beautiful plants – they rarely eat our weeds!
There are many different methods of dealing with slugs such as:
- Beer traps – slugs fall in and drown
- Slug gone wool pellets (wool fibres have tiny barbs on).
- Biological control.
- Using a penknife to cut them in half.
Some people advise putting egg shells and sharp gravel around plants. However, this often fails to work and is both time consuming and unsightly.
If you don’t fancy the above methods, slug pellets are an effective choice for dealing with a large number of slugs.
Some Advice on Using Slug Pellets.
- Don’t spread them too Thickly. It is better to spread a small number over a large area. Some people pile them up like pebbles on a beech, but, this doesn’t really increase their effectiveness.
- Push Underground. After broadcasting slug pellets on soil, use a hoe to push some pellets under the soil. Most slugs are active below the soil. Pushing them below surface makes the soil more attractive and also prevents them killing birds like Thrushes.
- At Glee garden trade show 2011 I saw a slug bell that is designed to disguise the pellets but from who or what?
- Slug Pellets at Amazon