All About Slug Control
Every gardener is fully aware of the menace of the slug and the importance in controlling these pests. Many long debates, for many ages, have taken place between vegetable growers on how to get rid of slugs. Many methods have developed over the ages to control and kill slugs from the humble egg shell to slug pellets to biological control using the nematode.
As an allotment holder who constantly wages war on the nefarious slug I decided to put this site together to catalogue the many ways to eliminate this menace.
Slug control should start with good site management. Slugs tend to favour the dark damp places in the environment, so the less of these safe havens there are the better.
My allotment, like many, is often covered in carpet or weed suppressant material for at least part of the year. When the cover is removed there is invariably a large population of slugs lurking underneath. Unfortunately covering the allotment for some of the year is often a necessary evil. I tend to try to keep as most of the plot uncovered for as long as I can, especially from late spring to autumn when the slug population can reach epic proportions.
Digging the ground over is a task familiar to many allotment owner and it can be an onerous chore, but remember, every time the earth is turned over the slugs and their eggs become exposed to the surface which puts them at the mercy of the elements and easy game for those animals that like slug in their diet.
Over the years I have found a combination of methods work best. Now I usually rely on a mixture of nematodes, organic slug pellets and beer traps.
The links from this page, either below or from the green navigation bar near the top, will take you to other pages which will provide information that you can use to find your ideal way to kill or control the ruthless slug.
Killing Slugs will show you the multitude of ways of killing this odious slimy pest.
Stopping Slugs has various methods of preventing these voracious gastropods reaching your beautiful plants in the first place. Some of these methods are more efficient than others, but as always, some methods, however odd, will always have their champions
Natural Predators lists some of the useful creatures that will visit your garden or allotment and eat the slugs. Such animals should actively be encouraged to stay on your site to help control the slug population.
Hopefully you will find the information in these pages useful you are able to get rid of the slugs that are plaguing your flora and fauna. Maybe some of these methods to kill slugs will make your life easier and that crop of potatoes more abundant.
I also have a light hearted Blog in which I will chronicle my never ending battle with this bane of doom.
If I have missed any other unique and interesting ways to kill and control slugs them please feel free to Contact me.
This site is geared to the more casual gardener or vegetable grower. If you are interested about slug control on a more commercial scale then follow the link to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.