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Can anyone help? I just used liquid slug clear (diluted) on my flower bed of flowering plants to combat the huge snail and slug problem I seem to have but then totally forgot that I shouldn't use it on the strawberry plants in another flower bed and used some on these. Obviously it's February and no where near fruiting time but I'm worried that I put this on plants that will bear fruit that we will eat. Will it be safe to eat the  strawberries later on in the year? I am thinking it will but dont want to poison anyone.


It depresses me to hear that people still have such little regard for the effects on wildlife.



Nasty dangerous stuff - described by the manufacturers as 'potentially dangerous to wildlife' . 


Gosh that stuff sounds awful! I'd be scared less I splashed it on my skin 

Thank you Edd



Thank you Mike. Its a shame we're not all in the position to rehome hedgehogs from rescues to provide them with homes and us with slug monitors! 

I used slugclear liquid up until last year, and it really worked.  I had a cat who was very prone to eating slug pellets, so I had to use something that was invisible, and found it was a lot better than the pellets, forming a solid barrier around the flower beds which lasted 2 to 3 days at a time, even through light rain.

Now I am cat-less this year, we went back to pellets, and the slugs and snails have invaded my gardens big time!

Is there a "glut" of molluscs this year, or am I not putting enough down?.  Tried to find a stockist of the liquid in Sheffield, to no avail, so will try the nature friendly pellets as mentioned here.  Does anyone know what shops stock those or the liquid?


Most garden centres sell the eco-friendly ones - some actively promote them - look for packs where the active ingredient is ferrous sulphate. 

I've been able to get them from Notcutts. 

Thanks Dove from above

I'll look out for that!



There does seem to be a glut if slugs this year and, against all of my green principle, I have been scattering pellet's with wild abandon! I listened to a well known gardeners radio programme where someone asked what were slugs for? one answer was that they eat rotting matter in gardens ..... true, but since when have my lovely fresh green lettuce been rotting matter??? 


Please Please Please can everybody stop using chemicals, it makes my heart ache to think of the damage we are doing to the soil, if a company who want you to buy this stuff is actually telling you it last's a year, it's almost certain it last's longer, plus I wonder did they say what damage it does in that year.

I don't want to preach at people, as everyone has a right to their opinion but please just think a little harder before you use chemicals 

End of Rant!


I totally agree Fraxinus 

What can I spray it with is a popular question

scattering pellet with abandon is the norm

and spraying it when you don't even know what it is

I use no chemicals and don't have the problems reported daily on here

I always try to use nemetodes as they are the most natural and effective slug killers; however they need dry weather to water them over the soil! Very difficult this year!  The pellets that I use are organic by the way, I was trying to bring a note of lightness into the discussion! 

You are very fortunate nut cutlet in not being plagued by slugs. We live next to railway waste land where slugs seem to thrive.

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You are very fortunate nut cutlet in not being plagued by slugs. We live next to railway waste land where slugs seem to thrive.

It may be down to not having, either directly or indirectly, killed off those animals which eat the slugs


Hi nutcutlet,

So glad some one agrees with me, I never use chemicals, but I do suffer from slug damage but not in such a bad way that I can't control with organic means. I think cultural control comes into it in a big way, it's a small price to pay for clean soil!



There's a lot of like minded people on the forum Fraxinus.

I found that by using the liquid, I could spray it around the beds onto the concrete and not on the soil - therefore I imagine I was causing LESS damage to the soil that way?

I have a major slug problem and although using nematodes still have to do a nightly torch expedition.  One thing I have noticed though which nobody else has mentioned, if you find slugs on a nice dry day when tidying around, if you put them in a dry trug and just leave them it doesn't seem to occur to them to climb out and they will die within an hour or so because they can't be in the open when its dry.  Problem solved!


I have been plagued by slugs this year as well. I don't like using chemicals, I have a dog and free range chickens so apart from the ecological arguments I don,t want to hurt my girls. I have heard of nemaslug but not being up on chemicals I don't know if this is safe or not. My chickens eat some of the slugs and up until this year so did the birds but we seem to have hardly any birds on the marsh this year. Any advice would be very welcome. Another thought - does salt affect the soil balance?

Salt in small amounts won't, but it will if say coastal flooding has occurred.