Slugs and Snails

Even the thought of these gastropod molluscs will send a shiver through any gardener. We've all transplanted our favorite healthy specimens outside, only to find a mere stem left as slugs munched the lot over night, as well as the constant holes and bite marks throughout precious leaves across the garden. But fear not! We have several natural methods of keeping these enemies at bay!

Nematodes

Nematoda - One of the most diverse types of animals, these microscopic worms can be a gardeners best friend. Predatory nematodes can be used to invade slug and snail populations, actually entering and breeding inside the slug, releasing many more nematodes into your soil. Unlike chemical alternatives, nematodes don't pose a threat to birds, cats, frogs, and toads, etc. that go on to eat the remnants of the slug. Good work all around! Take a look at the options available.

Slug Collars, Traps, Wool Pellets

Simple yet effective! Slug collars provide a band either around your plant pots, or in the soil that slugs will not cross, creating an unbreachable barrier between them and your plants. Available as collars, strips, and tapeTraps utelise an attractant (often beer - which slugs can't resist) to lure slugs and snails into a trap that they can not escape. Much better and safer for kids, pets, and wildlife than using harmful chemicals. Wool Pellets - often made from a sheeps fleece, wool fibres have cuticle cells on the top -  tiny hook like barbs which cause the fibres to matt together. With added sand and nutrients, the pellets swell with moisture, providing a barrier that irritates the slugs underside, forcing it to forage elsewhere. Safe, effective, no chemicals, and no mess - take a look and see what you prefer!

Frogs, Toads, Chickens, and Wild Birds

To us they are slimy and disgusting, but to many animals, they are a tasty treat! Why not try adding a habitat for frogs and toads, start keeping some free range chickens, or encourage wild birds --- all of which would love to chow down on your slimy foes! Have a look at our range of habitats and chicken supplies.

Diatomaceous Earth

Made up of the fossilised remains of diatoms (a type of algae), the powder absorbs lipids from the exoskeletons of insects and bugs, causing them to dehydrate. Works on slugs, snails, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, and a whole lot more! Can even be used to protect pets from fleas! Use its application carefully as you may wipe out beneficial bugs if used extensively --- simply use on selected areas. Have a look at our selection!


 Arion vulgaris

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