Slug Pellet Free – Natural Slug and Snail Control

What is a Slug?

slug-on-leafIt would be fair to say that as far as garden pests go, the common slug (and snail) is likely to be top of most gardeners’ hit lists. So, in order to have a fighting chance of defeating them, it is important for us to know the enemy…

Gastropod Mollusc

The slug is a soft-bodied gastropod mollusc that moves by rippling the muscles on its underside whilst producing two different types of slime – one thin, one thick. The thin mucus, which is watery in consistency, prevents them from drying out and helps them identify one another, whilst the thick slime contains fibres to prevent them from sliding down vertical surfaces. The slime is hygroscopic in nature, meaning it can draw water molecules from the surrounding environment to increase efficiency.

Desiccation

Being mostly water and covered in mucus, slugs are highly susceptible to drying out which is why they thrive in damp environments especially well watered flower beds! When the weather becomes hot and dry they will seek shelter under bark, logs and plant pots so as not to desiccate and perish. It’s no coincidence that slugs are typically at their most active at night when it’s cool, dark and damp making them a relatively nocturnal species.

Hungry Slugs

Slugs will use their rasping and ripping mouth parts to make irregular holes in all manner of ornamental plants, fruit, vegetables and seedlings. Certain types of carnivorous slug will even eat other slugs, snails and earthworms. Yuck!

Species of Slug

The British Isles alone are home to roughly 30 species of slug but, believe it or not, they’re not all bad news. Many will harmlessly assist the break down of already decaying organic matter within the garden, others however will happily destroy your prize winning hostas without a second thought.

The Usual Suspects

The four most prolific British offenders are the Garden Slug, Field Slug, Keel Slug and the Black Slug. Not content with munching pretty much everything in their path above ground, some of these slimy molluscs will have no trouble burrowing deep into the soil to also feed on your seeds, bulbs and root crops.

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